Bjorn Lomborg

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e-Mandis can help ensure that the future for Indian farmers is far brighter than ever before


With general elections looming, national parties are setting out their competing visions for boosting India’s economy. Much of this agenda includes increasing farmers’ incomes. The agricultural sector is vital, and it is clear that reforming agricultural markets and setting up electronic mandis (e-mandis) would make a significant difference.

In a world-first effort to help India undertake the important work of prioritising programmes that achieve the most good, NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog asked India Consensus to undertake a fast-track analysis looking at 100 current programmes. All of these programmes NITI Aayog highlighted for study, support India’s efforts to achieve the Global Goals — previously, United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals — 169 development targets that every nation has signed up to.