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Juxtaposing Farmers’ Suicides and Climate Change Vulnerability: An Empirical Analysis of Indian States


India’s overall ranking on the Global Climate Risk Index has been deteriorating in recent years, making it more vulnerable to climate risks. It has been indicated in the literature that climate change is also associated with agrarian distress. However, empirical analyses are scanty on this, especially in the Indian context. In this analytical exercise, we tried to explore the association between farmers’ suicides and climate change vulnerability across Indian states. Using data from various sources, we arrive at an Agrarian Vulnerability Index and juxtaposed that with farmers’ suicide data between 1996 to 2015 collected from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). We noted a strong association between climate change vulnerability and farmers’ suicides. The essence of this analysis is to indicate and understand the broad trends and associations. This research, in the process, informs and presses for a systematic, more comprehensive study with an agenda at micro and meso levels to understand the nuances of this association.



Climate Change Vulnerability, Farmers’ Suicides, Agriculture, India


Author Biography

Amalendu Jyotishi

 School of Development,

 Azim Premji University

Bangalore, India
Mob:+91-99002 13825



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