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Socio-Economic Surveys of Three Villages in Andhra Pradesh

A Study of Agrarian Relations

Edited by V.K. Ramachandran , Vikas Rawal , Madhura Swaminathan

Published in association with Foundation for Agrarian Studies

Socio-Economic Surveys of Villages Socio-Economic Surveys of Villages,

January 2010

7 x 9 inches

(xxii+230 ) 252 pages

ISBN : 978-81-89487-67-6

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This volume is a field report on surveys of agrarian relations in three villages in Andhra Pradesh conducted by scholars of the Foundation for Agrarian Studies. The study villages are Ananthavaram village in Kollur mandal, Guntur district; Bukkacherla village in Raptadu mandal, Anantapur district; and Kothapalle village in Thimmapur L.M.D. Mandal, Karimnagar district.

This volume presents an analysis of statistical data collected through the village surveys with a special focus on differences across socio-economic classes and social groups. There are separate chapters on land and asset inequality, tenancy, household incomes, crop incomes, employment and wages, indebtedness, literacy and school education, and household amenities.

The report attempts to contribute information, statistical data and analysis to the discussion on agrarian relations and economic distress in contemporary rural Andhra Pradesh and India.

Madhura Swaminathan

Madhura Swaminathan is Professor and Head, Economic Analysis Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, Bengaluru.

V.K. Ramachandran

V.K. Ramachandran is Vice-Chairperson, Kerala State Planning Board, Thiruvananthapuram.


Vikas Rawal

Vikas Rawal is Professor of Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. The main focus of his research is on agrarian issues, food security and employment. He has conducted field-based research in many states of India, and also worked on global issues related to agriculture and food. His recent book (co-edited with Dorian K. Navarro), The Global Economy of Pulses, was published in 2019 by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.


“Village studies highlight features of society that are often overlooked and overshadowed by macro-studies of the economy. A recent study presents extraordinarily rich, unusually detailed and intensely disturbing data on agrarian relations, livelihoods, economic distress, discrimination and disadvantage faced by families living in three villages of Andhra Pradesh. A careful reading leaves one with a deep sense of fear and shock.”

A.K. Shiva Kumar, The Hindu

“…the present Report… assumes considerable importance in understanding the nature of agrarian transformation in a major agricultural state in the country.”

D. Narasimha Reddy, Economic and Political Weekly