Madhya Pradesh is one of the least developed states in terms of food security and poverty, with many rural areas disconnected from mainstream development. However, the state has been catching up in the last few years. ICRISAT research, from sorghum and pearl millet farmer varietal selection to community watershed management provides the tools for a more inclusive agricultural growth, especially in the drought-prone regions of the state.
0.375 - Madhya Pradesh's Human Development Index (2011) rank
94.2 (deaths out of 1,000 births): Mortality of children under 5 in Madhya pradesh is one of the worst among Indian states [UNICEF 2006]
~3.9 million - Number of marginal farms (less than 1 hectare) in Madhya Pradesh