About Us

Name : Dr. Basanta K. Sahu

Function : Associate Professor

Email : bksahu@iift.edu / bksgps@gmail.com

Qualification

Current Position: Faculty (Economics Area), Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi

Qualifications BA (Eco Hons); MA; M. Phil; & Ph.D. (Economics).

Awards/Honour:  

  • Member, National Committee on Integrity and Transparency in Governance, New Delhi 
  • Senior Fellow/Professor (Honorary) Institute of Social Science (ISS)
  • Chair Professor (Economics), Tel Aviv University, Israel 
  • Fellow, S. Daniel Abraham Center for International and Regional Studies, Tel Aviv University,
  • Academician of Social Sciences-2014:International Academy of Social Sciences, USA  for contribution to the areas in social science research as well to wider society (highest honour by IASS and equality of rank with a full teaching Professor),
  • Prativashree Award-2017Prativashree Foundation, Odisha for contribution to academics and policy research
  • Bharat Vikas Award-2016: Bharat Vikas Council and ISR for contribution in policy research in the areas of economic and rural development in India 
  • Odisha Platinum Jubilee Award-2012: awarded by the Governor of Odisha for development policy research related to Odisha, India

Areas of Interest / Specialization

Areas of Interest/Specialization:

Courses Teaching: India & the World Economy; Macroeconomics; International Economics; Development Economics; Agriculture & Food Economics; Household Economics; Microfinance; Economics of Gender; 

Policy Research:

  • Household Economics: recourse uses; risk coping; intra-household dynamics, gender relations
  • Agriculture and Non-farm sector:
  • Water, Drought & Food Security
  • Microfinance: 
  • Poverty, Gender & Social Sector Issues: 
  • Trade & Development: gender, poverty, employment and related issues

Work Experience

Work Experiences: 

  • Faculty (Economics Area), Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi, (Jan. 2006 – present)
  • Visiting Professor (Economics), National Institute Food Technology Enterpreneurship Management (M/o of Food Processing Industry, Govt. of India)
  • Sr. Fellow/Professor (Honorary) Institute of Social Sciences (ISS)
  • Chair Professor (Economics), Dept. of East Asian Studies, Tel Aviv University, Israel
  • Visiting Professor (Economics), Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (Noida Campus)
  • Sr. Research Officer (DGM), Centre for Microfinance Research, NABARD, (leave from IIFT)
  • Faculty Member, PG. Dept. of Economics, Sambalpur University, Odisha
  • Asst. Professor (Economics) CFDA, Ahmedabad,  
  • Research Faculty, Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Lucknow, 
  • Research Fellow, Institute of Economic Growth (IEG), Delhi
  • Jr Research Fellow, National Institute of Public Finance & Policy (NIPFP), New Delhi

Publications

Important Reaseach Publication & Papers: (Recent Years)


  • Sahu, B.K. (forthcoming), Dynamics of Rural Non-Farm Sector in Odisha: Issues & Dimensions in K. Sarap (ed.) ‘Rural Credit and Insurance Interlinks – A note of Micro Insurance in India, Springer, New Delhi
  • Sahu, B.K. (forthcoming), Dynamics of Rural Non-Farm Sector in Odisha: Issues & Dimensions in K. Sarap (ed.) ‘Labour Markets in Rural India: Dynamics and Emerging Issues, South Asian Publisher, New Delhi
  • Sahu, B. K. (2019), ‘Mainstreaming Microfince for Low Segment Housing Finance’, Manpower Journal (Special Issue on Microfinance), Vol. L1 No 3 (ISSN: 0542-5808) with S. Giri
  •  Sahu, B K. (2019), ‘Rural-Urban Links and Local Growth Motors: A study of non-farm activities in Odisha’ a paper presented in the National Conference on ‘‘The Changing Rural Landscape-Pathway Ahead’’ at Sardar Patel Institute Economic and Social Research, Organized by SPIESR, NABARD and NABARD, Ahmedabad, 4-5 July 2019
  • Sahu, B. K. (2019) ‘Water Interventions and Gender in Drought Affected Areas: A study of Pani-Panchayat in Odisha, India’ a paper presented in International Seminar on “Understanding Water Crisis: The Way Forward” Organized by Synod College, P.A. Sangma Foundation and Meghalaya Basin Development Authority, 6-7th June 2019, Shillong.
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  • Sahu, B. K. (2019) 'Household drought coping, food insecurity and gender relations in two villages in India' apaper for presentation in international conference (ICBASS-2019), Kyoto, Japan 26-28 March 2019
  • Sahu B K (2019), Coping with droughts: Gender matters, India Water Portal (https://www.indiawaterportal.org/articles/coping-droughts-gender-matters)
  • Sahu, B. K. (2019). 'Mainstreaming Microfinance for Low Segment Housing Finance' Manpower JournalVOL. L1,No.3 (NLERD) with S Giri
  • Sahu, B. K. (2018), ‘Household Drought Coping, Food Insecurity & Women in Odisha’, Review of Women's Studies, Economic & Political Weekly, Vol. 53, Issue No. 17, 28 April, 2018, pp 70-78 (ISSN 2349-8846)
  • Sahu B. K. (2008), ‘Pani Panchayat in Orissa, India: The practice of participatory water management’, Development, Vol.51.1, (Palgrave MacMillan, London) (ISSN 1011-6370)
  • Sahu B K (2017) ‘Food Security in Drought Prone Areas in India: A study of Odisha and Gujarat’, International Journal of Development Studies, Vol XI, Issue 2, December, 2017, (ISSN 09755799)
  • Sahu, B.K. (2017), ’Household Coping with Drought and Migration:  a study of two drought affected areas in Odisha’, in D. N. Reddy and K. Sarap (eds.)  Rural Labour Mobility in Times of Structural Transformation: Dynamics and Perspectives from Asian Economies’, Palgrave Macmillan by Springer, SBM Singapore ISBN 978-981-10-5628-4
  • Sahu B K (2017). Indian and Mega-Regional trade Agreements, World Affairs: The Journal of International Issues, Volume 21 No 3. Autumn (July-September) 2017. (ISSN 09718052) (with S Surabhi)
  • Sahu B K (2015). ‘Access to Housing Finance by the Poor and Study of Microfinance for Housing (MFH) in India’,International Journal of Business and Economics Research, Volume 4, Issue 6, December 2015,
  • Sahu, B.K. (2013). ‘Drought, household risk coping and gender in rain-fed areas in India’,International Journal of Agricultural Science Research Vol. 2(8), pp. 238-248 (2327 3321)
  • Sahu B. K. (2017). Are new water interventions gender neutral? Study of Pani-Panchayat in India, paper presentaed in the International Seminar on ‘Understanding the gender dimension of water and waste’ in the World Water Week-2017, organized by Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), Stockholm, Sweden, 27th Aug. 2017
  • Sahu B. K. (2017). Agriculture & Small Farming in India: Markets, Opportunity & Challenges’,  Agronomy Division, Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), Pusa, New Delhi 26th June 2017
  • Sahu B. K. (2017). ‘Recent Economic Performance of India and Sri Lanka’,  University of Colombo, organized by the Dept. of Economics, The World Bank and in collaboration with Sri Lanka Economic Association (SLEA), Colombo, Sri Lanka, 16th June 2017
  • Sahu B. K. (2017). ‘Inclusive Growth, Poverty and Agriculture in India: Performance of Odisha’, a paper presented in the international conference on economic development (ICED-2017): Inclusive Economic Growth: Rethinking the Development Process in a Time of Paradigm Shift’ organized by University of Sri Jayewardenepura, The International Institute of Knowledge Management (TIIKM), 15-17th June, 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Sahu B. K. (2017). ‘Coping with Drought, Agriculture & Food Insecurity: An analysis of household surveys in Odisha & Gujarat’ a paper presented in the National Conference on ‘Sustainable Development Goals: India’s Preparedness and Role of Agriculture’, organized by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) and TASS, at NASC, Pusa, New Delhi,  11-12 May 2017
  • Sahu B. K. (2017). ‘Rural Credit and Insurance Interlinks – A note of Micro Insurance in India’, an invited paper presented in the National Seminar on ‘Changing Perspective of Rural Finance and Financial Inclusion of Rural Poor’, National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRD&PR), Hyderabad, 28-29 April, 2017
  • Sahu B K (2017). 'Household Drought Coping and Women in Odisha', in special theme on 'Climate Change and Gender', XV National Conference on Women's Studies, IAWS 22 -25 Jan. 2017, University of Madras, Chennai
  • Sahu B K (forthcoming). Food Insecurity and Gender in Drought Prone Areas in India: A case study of Odisha and Gujarat, IFPRI Policy Research Brief, International Food Policy Research Institute. 
  • Sahu B K (2016). Risk & Resilience:Drought and Gender Relations in Odisha, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), India Food Security Portal, August 2016  (http://india.foodsecurityportal.org/regional-sub-portal-blog-entry/india/964/risk-and-resilience#.V8UK2peE1lI.gmail)
  • Sahu B K (2016). 'India's New Foreign Trade Policy 2015-20 and Trade Performance: Ambitions, Ideas, and Actions, The Bramhaputra, Vol. X, No. 1, February 2016.
  • Sahu B K (2016). 'Dynamics of Rural Non-farm Sector in Odisha: Issues and Dimensions', an invited research paper presented in the National Seminar Seminar on 'Dynamics of Rural Lbour Relations in India', National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), Hyderabad, India 10-12 March 2016.
  • Sahu B K (2015). ‘Water-Food-Poverty and Gender in Drought affected regions in India’,a paper presented in the International Workshop on ‘Water as a driver for sustainable development and poverty eradication’, World Water Week -2015, Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), Stockholm, Sweden, 23-28, August 2015
  • Sahu B K (2015). Does Aces to Housing Finance Improves Housing Conditions of the Poor: An analysis of microfinance for housing in India’, a paper presented in the International Conference “IV European Microfinance Research Conference’, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland, 1-3rd June 2015.
  • Sahu B K (2015). ‘Migration, Household Labour Use for Adopting Climatic Stress:  a study of drought affected areas in Odisha’, a paper presented in International Conference on ‘Labour and Employment Issues in the Emerging Rural-Urban Continuum: Dimensions, Processes and Policies, National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayti Raj (NIRDPR), Hyderabad, 12-14th March 2015
  • Sahu B K (2014).‘Financing Pro-Poor Housing Activities: A study of microfinance for housing (MFH) in India’, a paper presented in 2nd International Workshop on ‘Inclusive Finance: Making Finance and Insurance Work for the Poor’, XLRI, Jamshedpur, 31st Oct-2nd Nov. 2014
  • Sahu B K (2014). '‘Impact of MGNREGS on Rural Livelihoods, Risk Coping and Gender: Evidence from two drought affected districts in Odisha’, in the National Seminar on ‘Flagship Programmes: Impact, Problems & Challenges Ahead’, National Institute Rural Development (NIRD), Hyderabad, 19-21st Nov. 2014.
  • Sahu B K (2014). ‘Agriculture, Poverty and Growth in Eastern India: Performance of Odisha’, a paper presented in the National Seminar on Sustainability and Inclusiveness: India’s Development Trajectory, Eastern Geographical Society (EGS) Ravenshaw University, Cuttack, 8-9th Nov. 2014.
  • Sahu B K (2014). ‘MGNREG and Household Coping with Drought: A study  of two districts in Odisha’ a research paper for the International Conference on the MGNREGA in India: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, 26-28th March 2014
  • Sahu B  K (2013). ‘Does Microinsurance Include the Poor? Findings from a field study in India’, a research paper paper for the Second International Workshop on Inclusive Finance: Making Finance and Insurance Markets Work for the Poor, XLRI, Jamshedpur, 13-15 Sept 2013
  • Sahu B K (2013). ‘Building Security for the Low Income Households: An Analysis of Microinsurance in India’  a research paper for the Third European Research Conference on Microfinance, University of Agder, Norway, 10th June 2013
  • Sahu B. K. (2013). Growth & Poverty Nexus in India: Experiences of Some Backward States during Post-Liberalization Period, Varta, Vol. XXXIII, No. 1, (ISSN 0970-9177)

  • Sahu, B.K. (2013). ‘Impacts of Global Down Turn on Indian Economy: Challenges & Opportunity’ in NPM Verma (ed.) Recession and its Aftermath: Adjustment in the United States, Australia and the emerging Asia, Springer (ISBN 978-81-322-0531-9)
  • Sahu, B.K. (2012). ‘Gender Equity, Water and Food Security in Drought Prone Areas: A Case Study of Odisha and Gujarat’, Water Policy Research Paper No-28,International Water Management Institute (IWMI) – TATA Water Policy Programme (http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org/iwmi-tata/pdfs/2012_Highlight-28.pdf)
  • Sahu, B.K. (2012). ‘Pro-poor Housing Finance: Role of Microfinance in India’, in R. Pradhan (Ed.) Strategic Framework of Infrastructure Financing, Bloomsbury Publishing India Pvt. Ltd. ISBN 978-81-924302-1-8;
  • Sahu, B. K. (2011). ‘Household Risks and Microinsurance in India: Analysis of Field Data’, in H S Mathur (ed.) Inclusive Growth and Microfinance Access, (Macmillan Advance Research Series), Macmillan Publisher, New Delhi
  • Books/Monographs:
  • Sahu B. K. (2010) ‘Microfinance in India: Outreach & Efficacy’, CMR Report Series No. 5, Centre for Microfinance Research, BIRD, NABARD
  • Sahu B. K. (2010) ‘Microfinance for Housing in India’, CMR Report Series No. 6, Centre for Microfinance, BIRD, NABARD

Major Research Projects:

·  'Export Promotion Strategy for Haryana’, (Govt. of Haryana) with Prof. R M Joshi & Dr B Nag

.    ‘Livelihood for the Poor: Coping with Food Insecurity & Drought’, (ICSSR, New Delhi)

·    ‘Efficiency of Water Usage in Indian Agriculture’, a project in pipeline (with Prof. S Gavirneni, Johnson School, Cornell University)

·    ‘Microfinance for Housing in India’, (CMR, BIRD, NABARD)

·    ‘Microinsurance in India: Outreach, Prospects and Policy Intervention’ (CMR, BIRD, NABARD)

·    ‘Drought Policy in Eastern Indian States: An Assessment’ (with Prof. I Hirway for International Rice Research Institute, Manila)

·    'Consultations with Poor: Participatory Poverty Appraisal in Gujarat' (with I. Hirway for Asian Development Bank (ADB),

. Socio-Economic Evaluation of 'UP Agriculture Support Diversified Project', funded by the World Bank, completed at  Intian Institute of Management (IIM), Lucknow.

. 'Performance of Agriculture in Eastern India', Nabard Chair Unit, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi

. 'Housing Subsidies in India', sponsored by the Planning commission of India, completed at NIPFP, New delhi 

Recent Public/Invited Lectures Delivered

    • ‘National Consultative Convention on Seeds’ an invited lecture delivered at NASC Complex, PUSA, New Delhi, during November 21 -22, 2018
    • ‘Trade, Technology and Economic Growth Dynamics: India’s Experiences and Challenges’, an invited lecture delivered at Einstein Academy of Technology and Management, Bhubaneswar, 2 April 2018
    • ‘Coping with Drought & Food Insecurity’, an invited lecture delivered at M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), Lecture Series: 2, Regional Centre, Jeypore, 24 Nov. 2017
    • ‘ Economic Transformation: Growth & Development Experiences during Post-Reform Period’, an invited lecture delivered at Central University of Odisha, Koraput, 24th Nov. 2017
    • Agriculture & Small Farming in India: Markets, Opportunity & Challenges’, an invited lecture delivered as a resource person at Agronomy Division, Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) in the Summer School for Agriculture Scientists/Faculty organized by IARI-ICAR, Pusa, New Delhi 26th June 2017
    • ‘Sustainable Agriculture in India: Challenges & Opportunity’, an invited lecture delivered for Technical Officers, Food Corporation of India, delivered at Institute of Food Security, Gurugram, 24th June 2017
    • ‘Recent Economic Performance of India and Sri Lanka’,  a special invited lecture delivered at University of Colombo, organized by the Dept. of Economics, The World Bank and in collaboration with Sri Lanka Economic Association (SLEA), Colombo, Sri Lanka, 16th June 2017
    • '‘Introduction to Indian Economy and Analysis of Economic Indicators’, a special lecture for Officers of Food Corporation of India delivered at Institute of Food Security, Gurugram, 8th Feb 2017
    • ‘India’s 25 Years of Economic Reforms and Growth Performances’, a special invited lecture delivered at Kanchi Mamunivar Centre for Post-Graduate Studies (Pondicherry Central University) and Institute of Social Sciences (ISS), Puducherry, 25 Jan. 2017
    • India’s Growth Challenges after 25 Years of Reforms: Stability & Inclusion, an invited public lecture delivered at Faculty of Business Management, F M University, Odisha, 14 Dec. 2016
    • 'Structural Change and Growth Performance of india: Trends and Transition' an invited public lecture delivered at School of Social Sciences, F. M. University, Vyasa Vihar, Balasore, Odisha, 13th November 2015.
    • ‘Changing Agriculture, Food Consumption and Poverty’, delivered a lecture as Chief Guest on International Food Security Day at Institute of Food Security, Food Corporation of India (FCI), Gurgaon, India, 16th October 2015.
    • ‘Issues on Trade & Environment’, an invited lecture delivered at Gujarat Institute of Desert Ecology, Bhuj, Gujarat, India, 23rd September 2015.
    • ‘Socio-Economic aspects of Food Security in India: Policy & Prospects’an invited lecture delivered at Institute of Food Security, Food Corporation of India, Gurgaon, 27th March 2015.
    • MSMEs Sector in India: opportunities & challenges’a lecture delivered at Directorate General of Global Affairs, Ministry of Trade & External Relations, Praia, Cape Verde, 9th Dec. 2013.
    • ‘Performance of India’s Foreign Trade in Changing Global Economy’, at School of Management, National Institute of Technology (NIT), Rourkela, 25th March 2013.
    • ‘Performance of Agriculture and Food Insecurity in India’, a lecture delivered at Manna Centre (Dept. of Molecular Biology & Ecology of Plants), George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences, Tel Aviv University, Israel, 16th Jan. 2013.
    • ‘India the Emerging Giant: The Evolution of Indian Economy’, a lecture delivered at Dept. of Asian Studies, Faculty of Humanities, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mount Scopus, Israel, 7th Jan. 2013.
    • ‘Agricultural Credit in India: Constraints & Role of Microfinance’, a lecture delivered at Dept. of Agriculture Economics, Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food & Environment, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rehovot, 30th Dec. 2012.
    • India Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs): Challenges and Policy Issues’, a public lecture delivered at The S. Daniel Abraham Center for International and Regional Studies, Tel Aviv University, 27th Dec. 2012.
    • ‘Micro-finance & Women Empowerment in India’,a lecture delivered at Dept. of Asian Studies, Faculty of Social Science, University of Haifa, Israel, 17th Dec. 2012.
    • ‘Changing Agrarian & Social Relations in India: Growth of Non-farm Activities & Rural Classes', a lecture delivered at Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Tel Aviv University, 6th Dec. 2012.
    • ‘Financial Inclusion and Microfinance in India’, a lecture delivered at Dept. of East Asian Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Tel Aviv University, 13th Nov. 2012.

    Professional / Academic Affiliations

    Academic Affiliations:

    • - Visiting Professor, National Institute Food Technology Enterpreneurship Management (NIFTEM)
    • - Visiting Chair Professor, Tel Aviv University, Israel

      -  Senior Fellow/Professor (Honorary), Institute of Social Sciences (ISS)

      - Visiting Faculty, Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow 

      - Vsiting FacultyInstitute of Food Security, Food Corporation of India

      - Fellow, S. Daniel Abraham Center for International and Regional Studies, Tel Aviv University, Israel

      Life Member

    • International academy of Social Sciences (IASS), USA
    • Eastern Geographical Society (EGS), India
    • International Society for Development & Sustainability (ISDS) Japan
    • Gender & Water Alliance (GAW), Netherlands,
    • Coalition for Food and Nutrition Security (CFNS), India
    • Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India, Pune, India
    • Agriculture Economics Research Association (AERA), India
    • Indian Association of Women Studies (IAWS), India
    • Indian Society for Labour Economics (ISLE), India
    • Indian Association for the Study of Population (IASP), India
    • Pallivani (India)