Agriculture, Aid, and Hunger in India

The issue of development aid is often a complicated one. A recent workshop at Penn State University traced its complicated history in India.

“A History of Aid, Agriculture, and Hunger in India” engaged scholars on a number of issues related to development.


Man surveying corn in Himachal Pradesh, India. Image via CIAT. (Flickr Creative Commons.)

Framing Fellow Prakash Kumar organized the event. It featured presentations on “Superpower Aid to Agriculture in Nehru’s India” and “Subject Making, Agriculture, and the Measure of Modernity” among others.

Find the entire schedule here: Aid and Hunger

The panel “The Global Context of Aid, the Green Revolution and Development” featured Framing Fellow Michael Mascarenhas as a presenter. Mascarenhas’s talk was about humanitarianism and water aid which is also the focus of his Framing the Global project.

“The set up was very good in terms of combining the resources of ten invited presenters and Penn State’s own faculty resources,” Kumar says. “The workshop provided a great platform for scholars in diverse fields to talk on the common subject of hunger in India.”

It took place over a day and a half in April.

The event was made possible by a grant from the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities under their “Global Midwest” initiative.

You can find more information about Kumar and his work here.

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