Socio-Economic Conditions in Droughtprone Areas: A Benchmark Study of Drought Districts

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Overview

  • Author :M.V. Nadkarni
  • Year of Publication :1985
  • ISBN: :9788170220992
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: 236
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: Economics, Geography, Sociology


About the Book :

Dr. M.V. Nadkarni is one of our competent and perceptive observers of the rural scene. He has done well to exploit the opportunity of making a benchmark study to gibe a comparative appraisal of three major strategies of rural development in drought prone areas irrigation, animal husbandry and rural industry. Prof. Nadkarni has identified several backlash effects or opportunity costs of irrigation, which bring down the overall impact of irrigation. No irrigation administrator can afford to ignore these negative effects, if irrigation has to make an optimal impact. It is interesting that Prof. Nadkarni has ingeniously used the method of cross section comparison of villages at different levels of development and environmental conditions, to probe into the dynamics of the process of overcoming drought proneness and poverty. He has explained how the phenomenon of poverty or inequality undergoes qualitative changes in this process, and how even when absolute poverty is reduced, inequality increases. I am happy that Prof. Nadkarni has continued his interest in the problems of drought prone areas. He has already contributed to a better understanding in this field through his earlier work on the impact of droughts and on growth and instability in agriculture. With this study, he has further taken an important stride in this field.I wish this book a good reception which it well deserves.


About Author :

M.V. Nadkarni (b. 1939) is a Professor at the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, since 1976, and is now heading its Ecology Economics Unit. His articles on the problems of drought prone areas have been published earlier in the Economic and Political Weekly, Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics, Regional Studies and other journals. His books in this field are: Impact of Drought of Rural Life (co-author, 1975), and Marketable Surplus and Market Dependence in a Millet Region (1980). Being no arm chair researcher, his field work so far has covered villages in Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Another field of his major interest is agricultural price in which also he has several books to his credit. His monograph on Farmers Movements in India is under publication.