Faculty & Research

Centre for Management in Agriculture


To facilitate cutting-edge research in applied, policy and research issues related to the management of agriculture including food, agribusiness, the rural and allied sector for stakeholders across the public, private, voluntary and cooperative domain.


Since its inception, the management of the agri-food sector has been a key thrust area for IIMA. To forward this vision, a small group called the Agco Group was set up in 1963 to address the challenges faced by the agricultural sector and cooperatives. The Agco Group was re-designed into the Centre for Management in Agriculture (CMA) in 1971. The goal of CMA has been to aid in the process of modernization of the agri-food sector by using concepts of management science.

In the initial years, the focus of research was in understanding the roles played by public and cooperative organizations in the areas of block development administration, cooperatives, rural development and the high-yielding varieties programme. Over time, the research activity of the Centre has expanded to study the problems and growth possibilities of organizations supplying inputs and services to the agri-food sector as well as for procurement, processing, and marketing of farm and allied produce. Given that the Indian food and agribusiness sector is facing numerous challenges due to globalization, the rapid pace of technological change like biotechnology and GMOs, the changing business environment and the rapidly evolving role of government, CMA has carried out research in these areas to address some of the issues in the recent past.

Message from the Area Chairperson

The Centre for Management in Agriculture is an interdisciplinary group engaged in both teaching and research. As teachers, they impart the skills and knowledge needed for effective decision-making. As researchers, they are concerned not only with current and future issues facing the food and agribusiness sector but also the use of natural resources and sustainability. The Union Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare often turns to the CMA for research oriented to problem-solving in specific situations or for provides policy analysis and advice.

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Ph.D. at IIMA

The Ph.D. Programme in Management seeks candidates with outstanding academic credentials, intellectual curiosity and discipline needed to make scholarly contribution to society. It provides a diverse set of opportunities for interdisciplinary learning and research The student becomes part of one of the eleven functional/sectoral areas and acquires the super specialized theoretical knowledge and practical aspects of the area.

List of Courses

  • Economic Environment and Policy in India
  • Game Theory and Applications
  • Hitchhiker’s Guide to Business and Economies Across Five Centuries
  • Managing International Trade
  • Managing Development Projects
  • CINE: Understanding Creativity, Innovation, Knowledge Networks And Entrepreneurship
  • Shodh Yatra
  • Food and Agribusiness
  • Development Economics: Micro Foundations
  • Principles of Impact Evaluation
  • Agricultural Risks and Risk Management Strategies
  • Applied Microeconomics for Food and Agribusiness
  • Agricultural Development Policy
  • Agricultural Management II
  • Agricultural Management
  • Agro-food Value Chain Management and Development
  • Agri Business Strategy
  • Bottom of the Pyramid Markets
  • Food Systems Approach to Indian Agribusinesses
  • Agricultural Markets & Pricing
  • Hi-tech Innovations and Shared Value Creation in Agriculture
  • Sales and Distribution Management for Agriculture
  • CINE: Understanding Creativity, Innovation, Knowledge, Networks and Entrepreneurship
  • International Agri-Food Trade
  • Shodh Yatra
  • Agricultural Futures and Options Markets
  • Agribusiness Leadership
  • Agribusiness Entrepreneurship
  • Agricultural Finance
  • Management of Agribusiness Projects
  • Strategic Food Marketing
  • Agricultural & Food Policy
  • Marketing of Agricultural Inputs
  • Value Chain Management - Applications in Agribusiness
  • Rural Social and Institutional Environment
  • CINE: Connecting Communities and Corporations for Frugal Innovations
  • CINE: Understanding Creativity, Innovation, Knowledge Networks and Entrepreneurship
  • Shodh Yatra

Ongoing Research Projects


Sr. No Project Name Faculty Co-ordinator
1 Determinants of Farmer’s Participation Within Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY), including Bharatiya Prakritik Krishi Padhati (BPKP) Prof. Ranjan Ghosh
2 Mechanization and Agricultural Extension in India: An evaluation study of the Sub-Mission on Agricultural Mechanization (SMAM) and Sub-Mission on Agricultural Extension (SMAE) Schemes Prof. Vidya Vemireddy
3 Assessing Skill Gap in Micro Irrigation Across India Prof. Hari Nagarajan and Prof. Vidya Vemireddy
4 An Analysis of Factors Contributing to the Production and Productivity of Pulses in India- The study of Urd and Moong Bean Based on the Successful Experience of Myanmar. Prof. Poornima Varma


Sr. No Project Name Faculty Co-ordinator
1 Assessing the Impact of the e-NAM Initiative Linking APMC Markets: Evidence from Villages Prof. Hari K. Nagarajan

Research Seminar Series

  • March 5, 2021: Antecedents of Shift towards Millets among Urban Consumers in India by Suruchi Singh
  • January 29, 2021: Do Producer Companies Help Remediate Institutional Voids in the Agricultural Product Market? Evidence from Telangana, India by Jannet John
  • November 10, 2020: Global versus Local Brand Preference Formation in Food Products by Rupali Singh
  • October 8, 2020: Utilising a Theory of Change framework to Understand the Determinants and Impacts of Participation in Agricultural Value Chains by Women by Disha Bose
  • August 13, 2020: Collective Action and Policy Intervention in the Uptake of Planned Climate Change Adaptation by Anar Bhatt
  • October 11, 2021: Stakeholder Perception and Viability of Traceability in the Food Sector in India by Anam Chaudhary
  • December 6, 2021: The Effect of Marketing Channels on Market Integration: A Spatial Price Analysis in Context of APMC Reforms by Nikita Gupta

Conferences & Workshops

  • The National Conference on Agro-Economic Policy & Research 2019, January 10-11, 2019
  • National Conference on Agro-Economic Research, January 30-31, 2018
  • Improving Water Use & its Efficiency in India’s Agriculture: The Impact of Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY)- Per Drop More Crop, September 25, 2019

Consulting & Policy Engagement

CMA provides consultancy services to public, private, cooperative, voluntary and international organizations. The CMA faculty has been engaged in policy planning and implementation at national and State levels. Some faculty members are on the boards of public, private, cooperative and other developmental organizations and are members of various committees/task forces/working groups constituted by the erstwhile planning commission (NITI Aayog) and various ministries of the Government of India. Furthermore, CMA has provided help in institution building and played a key role in setting up national level institutes like Indian Institute of Forest Management, National Institute of Agricultural Marketing, and National Institute of Cooperative Management.

Directorate of Economics and Statistics (DES)

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