In a developing country like India, the development of rural economy through effective and proper management of common property resources (CPRs) such as forests has increasingly become an integral part of sustainable development policy in the past couple of decades.

The growth of agriculture is not commensurate with other sectors of the Indian economy.

Rural poverty in Tamil Nadu is concentrated among those with marginal landholdings and dependent on rainfed agriculture. Dry land areas contribute about one half of India's production of coarse grain, cereals, pulses, oilseeds and cotton.

This paper is a synthesis of in-depth case studies of four individual farmers selected from Jalgaon district of Maharashtra, an important cotton growing state accounting for about 33 per cent of India's total cotton area during 2005-06.

Bamboo sector in Kerala is labour intensive in nature and its employment potential is very high. Value added production, skilled labour and scientific method of production will ensure profit and employment opportunities in the sector. The livelihood security of the MBDs (Marginalised Bamboo Dependents) can be enhanced and improved through increased accessibility to raw material and market, skill development and adequate sustainable institutional support.

This paper is set in the context of a larger development policy debate pertaining to regional inequalities in India. Historically some regions had experienced agricultural prosperity due to their resource endowments especially water. The complementarity between modern inputs and water has boosted the public investments in these regions in order to achieve food self-sufficiency.

This paper analyses the determinants of vulnerability to food insecurity among male and female-headed households in Kwara state of north-central Nigeria.

At the behest of the Government of India, the three national commodity exchanges, set up a little over three years ago, were required to organise futures trades in all commodities, whether of agricultural origin or not, through electronic online trading systems. The authorities did not stop at that.

This paper attempts to analyse the determinants and impact of adoption of IPM practices in groundnut. This study is a part of a project "Assessment of Adoption and Impact of IPM in Rainfed Crops" funded by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research.

In recent years, one observes an increasing incidence of farmers' suicides. A relatively higher suicide among farmers is indicative of a larger malaise in agriculture.

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