Written by Lakshmi Venkataraman Venkatesan and Saurabh Srivastava

In the last few decades, India’s hinterlands have witnessed a general decline in growth rates of agricultural activities vis-à-vis the overall rural economy, while construction, manufacturing, services and non-agricultural activities have seen a more or less steady rise.

So, if India has to reap the benefits of its ‘demographic dividend’, it is critical to promote growth and opportunities for rural youth through entrepreneurship in non-farm and non-agricultural sectors.