Agriculture, Environment, and Health: Sustainable by Vernon Ruttan

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While the environmentalists seem to exaggerate the loss, the economists tend to undervalue it. Thus in India, for the Narmada project, it has been argued that nearly 40 percent of the Narmada command area will become waterlogged (Alvares and Billorey, 1988). The same authors also assert, without citing any source, that 10 million hectares of land is lost due to waterlogging in the country. An estimate based on satellite data of 1982-83 (Singh, 40 KIRIT S. 88 million hectares. 9 million hectares.

Part II Setting the Stage This page intentionally left blank The challenges to the achievement of sustainable development are both technical and institutional. We are concerned in this book with how to provide families and communities with the knowledge and the technology needed to enhance agricultural production, sustain environmental resources, respond to environmental change, and gain access to the knowledge and materials that will enable them to lead healthy lives. In chapter 2 Kirit S. Parikh has responded to the challenge to explore demands that will be placed on the agricultural sector, arising out of population and income growth, to meet the food needs of their societies into the middle of the 21st century.

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