Farmers' Suicides in India: Magnitudes, Trends and Spatial Patterns

Mar 3rd 2008, K. Nagaraj

Given the very large number of suicides by farmers in various parts of India over the last decade, there is a need to probe the issue by utilizing a data source which would provide a comprehensive, nation-wide picture. This paper is a modest attempt to fill that gap. Its basic objective is to put together, and carry out a preliminary analysis on, the secondary data that are available on farmersí suicides in the country. The paper studies, first, the magnitude and trends in farmersí suicides in India over 1997-2006; and second, the regional patterns, if any, in the incidence and trends in these suicides.


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