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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Life Sciences - Resource Economics

Promotion of Vikram Patil

Institutions, Institutional Changes and Impacts in the Rehabilitation of Displaced Farmers: The Case of the Upper Krishna Irrigation Project, India

Start: October 2010
End: November 2013



The dissertation studies the process of institutional change in the rehabilitation of farmers that were displaced due to development programs in India as illustrated by the case of the Upper Krishna Irrigation Project (UKP) of Karnataka. The UKP is an on-going long term irrigation project in the southern part of India. The dissertation investigates the formation and process of land valuation as well as the compensation institutions. It further analyses the impact of the rehabilitation process on the livelihood security of the displaced farmers. The government pays compensation in monetary terms to the farmers displaced by the UKP project. But farmers are not involved in the negotiating process over the compensation. Against this background, the study further analyses the farmers’ preferences towards the different forms of compensation and the determinants of their preferences.

Researcher: Patil, Vikram

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Advisor: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Konrad Hagedorn, Dr. Christine Werthmann

Funding: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

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