Rural and densely populated, Bihar is one of India's poorest states. Smallholder agriculture is still the backbone of the economy. Raising the productivity of dryland cereals and pulses through better access to improved seeds and better understanding of village poverty dynamics are some of ICRISAT's research priorities in Bihar.
11.3% - Population living in cities in Bihar
1,106 people per sq km - Bihar's Human population density
85.73% - Cereal share in total crop area sown in Bihar
0.39 ha - Average size of holding (2011 census)