Welcome to ICAR-NIAP

ICAR-National Institute (formerly Centre) of Agricultural Economics and Policy Research (NIAP) was established by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in March 1991 to strengthen agricultural economics and policy research in the national agricultural research system. Application of principles of economics in planning and evaluation of agricultural R&D and policy research to promote science-led agricultural and rural development have been the main goals of ICAR-NIAP. The Institute is committed to provide a leadership role in strengthening agricultural policy research, undertaking empirically sound policy research, and providing knowledge-based input for policy decisions. The Institute also acts as a think tank of ICAR and helps it to actively participate in policy making.

Thrust Areas

To realize its vision of 'leveraging innovations and policy for agricultural development' the Institute focuses on following key areas:



Significant Achievements




Research Highlights


Agriculture and Ecosystem Services

Understanding of the ecosystem services provided by agriculture is complex as its interaction with the ecosystem is bidirectional. These interactions particularly production system and environmental linkages, are important for ensuring sustainability of agriculture and addressing the trade-offs at an early stage. This volume presents an overview of global assessment of ecosystem services and analytical methods used. The contributions from the Indian NARS are on watershed development, wetland and coastal ecosystems, agro-forestry, biodiversity and soil amendments. The volume also discusses the possibility of mainstreaming payment of ecosystem services in the development process.......read more

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