Bina Agarwal conferred the Order of Agricultural Merit by France
(13 May 2016)
Bina Agarwal, Professor of Development Economics and Environment at the Global Development Institute, has been appointed officer in the Order of Agricultural Merit (Ordre du Mérite Agricole) by France. This prestigious award, second only to the Legion of Honour when established in 1883, is given for outstanding contributions to agriculture—research, innovation or practice. It is rarely awarded to non-French nationals.
The Ambassador of France, Francois Richier, said the award had been bestowed on Bina Agarwal in recognition of her “remarkable international career as a development economist, [her] various works on rural economy, much of which have received acclaim and awards, as well as [her] strong commitment towards rural development, gender equality and the environment”.
Gender Challenges, a recently published compendium of Bina Agarwal's essays, brings together a selection of her ground-breaking works on agriculture, property rights, and the environment. The essays, written over the last three decades, combine diverse disciplines, methodologies and cross-country comparisons. They both challenge and illuminate standard economic assumptions from a gender perspective, as well as providing original insights on a wide range of theoretical, empirical and policy issues of continuing importance in contemporary debates.
To celebrate Bina’s award, all 13 of her articles published in Routledge journals are free until the end of May.