Tracking Rural Poverty in the SAT of India

Small farmers in the semi-arid tropics (SAT) of India are in the grip of a vicious circle of hunger and poverty. Insights into the social and economic changes in the village and household economies through longitudinal surveys are helping identify and understand constraints and enable decision making to improve their plight.



Capturing data at the individual, household and village levels, disaggregated by gender, class and social groups through the Village Dynamics in South Asia Project, provides valuable insights into people’s lives, behavior, health, prosperity, needs and aspirations to help design and initiate science-led interventions.datasets



  • Bridged the “data gap” through a longitudinal panel data covering 6 states in India
  • 1,162 unique users from 45 countries of Asia, Africa, Europe and North America have downloaded the newly released data (499 students, including 324 PhD students from more than 200 universities/ institutes) as of November 2015
  • Analysis of longitudinal household panel data from six villages in Maharashtra and Telangana states of India revealed a decline in poverty rate in the last decade (from 99.6% in 1975/76 to 95.8% in 1983/84) and further from 69.7% in 2005/06 to 13.9% in 2012/13.

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