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Agricultural policies and investment priorities for managing natural resources, climate change and air pollution: policy brief

Author: Paroda, R.S.
Author: Jat, M.L.
Author: Madhur Gautam
Author: Stirling, C.
Author: Bhag Mal
Year: 2018
Abstract: Agriculture is an engine of inclusive economic growth as a major source of livelihood for millions of smallholder farmers and other rural residents in India. Having made significant strides in food production, through the Green, White, Yellow, and Blue Revolutions, Indian agriculture is now at a cross road. Deterioration in the quality of natural resources (soil, water and air), together with the adverse effects of climate change, pose significant threats to the sustainability of agricultural production and farmers’ incomes. The situation in the Green Revolution corridors of India is especially daunting with severe problems of hydrological imbalance, soil degradation, and water pollution. In addition, the problem of air pollution from crop residue burning has emerged as a major cause for national and international concern because of its enormous environmental and health costs across the Northern plains of India. These worrying trends have led policy-makers to recognize that past strategies adopted for agricultural growth need to be re-adjusted, with the benefit of the same far-sighted vision as in the case of Green Revolution, to address these emerging complex challenges, fully exploit the potential opportunities for inclusive but sustainable growth, and promote rural prosperity.
Format: PDF
Language: English
Publisher: TAAS
Publisher: CIMMYT
Publisher: ICAR
Publisher: CCAFS
Publisher: World Bank Group
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Type: Newsletter / Bulletin
Place of Publication: Mexico
Pages: 4 pages

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  • Sustainable Intensification
    Sustainable intensification agriculture including topics on cropping systems, agronomy, soil, mechanization, precision agriculture, etc.

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