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Agriculture investment: Time to cultivate a visible hand

The increase in minimum support prices (MSPs), which promises up to 97% increase in return on costs, can become the trigger for stimulating much-needed investment in agriculture by the Indian farmer. But it needs to be backed by the other factors that go towards making farming profitable.

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Agriculture investment: Time to cultivate a visible hand

The increase in minimum support prices (MSPs), which promises up to 97% increase in return on costs, can become the trigger for stimulating much-needed investment in agriculture by the Indian farmer. But it needs to be backed by the other factors that go towards making farming profitable.

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There’s no reason why India can’t reach its development goals

The path forward, however, will need to combine all of our accumulated wisdom of the past with these and other pivotal ideas for the future, if we are to get to them.

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Mobile-based Islamic Microloans: Benefits Beyond Shariah Compliance to Deepen Financial Inclusion Across Faiths

Digital credit products like M-Shwari, KCB M-Pesa, Equitel’s Eazzy Loan, Tala and Branch have been extremely successful at providing access to credit for millions of people in East Africa. The convenience, reach, and efficiency of these lending products has resulted in the financial inclusion of a large percentage of people who have traditionally not had access to financial services. The products are accessed either through an app or USSD.

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Instilling a Strong Agri Culture

In every Union Budget presentation, agriculture is given a place of prominence. This is not surprising, given that 50% of India's population is dependent on agriculture. Budget 2017 was no different. Both the Economic Survey and the Budget speech stressed heavily on improving agricultural infrastructure and augmenting farmer incomes.

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Helping women help themselves

They opine that while self-help groups are best known for linking women to microcredit, they also become a platform for empowering women by engaging them in the development of their own rural communities and enabling progress towards behavior change. “But women in self-help groups don't stop at merely understanding healthy behaviours. They also collaborate with accredited social health activists to connect the community to the health system and even start to make extra demands of the system, so that they get the support they need to act on what they know."

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