Notional Contracts: The Moral Economy of Contract Farming Arrangements in India

Published By: IGIDR on eSS | Published Date: September, 01 , 2012

This study examines the moral economy of firm-farmer contracts in contract farming schemes in India, bringing together data from field surveys, conducted between 2007 and 2010, of 42 agribusinesses and 484 contract farmers from multiple commodity sectors. The central argument of this paper is that contract farming relationships in India are seen more as relationships and less as contracts, with formal enforcement mechanisms playing only a peripheral role in maintaining and supporting transactions. [IGIDR WP-2012-020]. URL:[]

Author(s): Sudha Narayanan | Posted on: Sep 20, 2012 | Views(744) | Download (250)

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