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India's Agrarian Structure, Economic Policies and Sustainable Development   
India's Agrarian Structure, Economic Policies and Sustainable Development
By VS VYAS
Hard  Back Book     :   Pages : 398
2003  Edition         :   ISBN - 81-7188-323-0
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ABOUT THE BOOK :

The book contains a message of hope in relation to India's agricultural future. It outlines policy initiatives which can help to improve the productivity, profitability and sustainability of our major farming systems.

Prof. V.S. Vyas's intimate knowledge of the agricultural progress and problems of Asian countries in general and India in particular, makes the book, Agrarian Structure, Economic Policies and Sustainable Development an authoritative source of information and analysis relevant to the formulation of strategies and policies for launching an ever-green revolution movement in Asia.

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M S SWAMINATHAN
UNESCO Cousteau Chair in Ecotechnology  and
Chairman, M S Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai

This book "Agrarian Structure, Economic Policies and Sustainable Development" according to Prof. M.S. Swaminathan "bears testimony to Prof. V.S. Vyas's approach to the major national and global challenges facing Indian agriculture." Prof. Vyas has tried to probe how the policy interventions, technological changes and institutional developments are impacting the economy of those directly dependent on it for their livelihood.

The book covers all major developments in the evolution of agricultural technologies and policies since independence (1947).

The essays in the book, divided in five sections, deals with topics which are mutually inter-related and reinforcing. The first section focuses on the relationship between poverty and sustainable development; the second outlines the main features of Indian agriculture, its sources of growth, the changes taking place within the sector and the problems; the third section discusses the issues of poverty and food security not only in India but also in other developing countries of the South-East Asian region; the fourth section analyses economic reforms in India and possible directions for these reforms; and the last section speculates about the future of Indian agriculture and outlines policy initiatives which can help to improve the productivity, profitability, and sustainability of our major farming systems.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR :

VIJAY SHANKAR VYAS Professor Emeritus, Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur is currently a member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister and also a member of the Central Board of Directors of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).

Prof. Vyas, Ph.D in Economics from Bombay University, taught in Bombay University, Sardar Patel University and Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He was a visiting scholar at the Boston University, U.S.A.

Prof. Vyas served as Director, Agro-Economic Research Centre for Western India; Director Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad; and Director, Institute of Development Studies (IDS, Jaipur).

He has served as Chairman / Member of various Boards, Committees and Commissions at the International, National and State Levels. He served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Food Policy Research Institute (Washington, U.S.A), member of the Governing Board of the Institute of Development Studies of Sussex University (U.K), member of the National Commission on Integrated Water Planning, member of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet, and Member Agricultural Prices Commission of the Government of India.

Prof. Vyas has written extensively on key issues of agricultural policies and rural development, and has been honoured by academic community in India and abroad.

He is an elected Honorary Life Member of the International Association of Agricultural Economists and is also a Fellow of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences in India.


CONTENTS IN DETAIL :

SECTION - I
Environment and Poverty

  • Agrarian Structure, Environmental Concerns and Rural Poverty

SECTION - II
Contours of Indian Agriculture

  • Indian Agriculture: An Overview
  • Mainsprings of Agricultural Growth in India
  • Changing Contours of Indian Agriculture
  • Emerging Issues in Indian Agriculture

SECTION - III
Food Security and Poverty

  • Ensuring Food Security: Role of the State, Market and Civil Society
  • Food Security in South Asia: Issues and Options
  • Poverty Alleviation and Nutrition Enhancement: The Missing Links
  • India's Rural Development Strategies: Lessons in Agricultural Growth and Poverty Alleviation

SECTION - IV
Economic Reforms in Agriculture

  • The New Economic Policy and the Vulnerable Section: Rationale for Public Intervention
  • The Second Round of Reforms in Agriculture
  • Agricultural Trade Policy and Export Strategy
  • Globalisation: Hopes, Realities and Coping Strategy
SECTION - V
Future Scenario
  • Our Agrarian Future: A Medium Term Perspective on Asian Agriculture
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