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Rural Development: Sustainable Livelihood and Security

P. Gopinath Rao (Author)

Around the world impoverished people in rural areas face enormous challenges. They only do confirm limited economic opportunities and underdeveloped markets, but also tend to have less access to public infrastructure and services such as health, sanitation and education, and are less able to engage in advocacy with decision markers. Resource pressure and environmental degradation create additional challenges to rural communities and their livelihoods, exacerbating conflict prone situations and accelerating rural-urban migration flows. Responding to the livelihood and other basic needs of rural communities is a major concern worldwide. After decades poverty, new ideas about rural development are emerging. The new livelihood approaches are attempting to address problems of village people by delinking the concepts ‘rural’ and ‘agricultural’ and widening the scope of rural development activity. This book deals with the central problems of rural development and the role of sustainable livelihood approaches in addressing them. It explores the inter relationship between agricultural growth, employment and rural poverty. It also deals with the role of national as well as international institution in rural development and plead for people-centres participatory approaches. This book will be of great use of academics, students, teachers, researchers in rural development studies, administrators, policy makers, project directors and other functionaries in rural development schemes and programmes besides the general public.

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About the author

P. Gopinath Rao

Prof. P. Gopinath Rao, a distinguished scholar in the fields of rural development, has throughout a meritorious career. An associate professor in the department of development studies, he did his post graduate degree in economics and doctoral degree in political economy. His areas of interest are sustainable rural development, rural livelihood systems, micro/rural finance, and rural governance. Prof rao has participated and presented papers in several national and international seminars and contributed significantly to the subject. He has also published fifteen papers in various journals and four research degrees were awarded under his guidance. He lectures extensively and conducts training programmes in the areas of rural development, food security, poverty eradication, and agroeconomy. He was constantly involved in programmes for the poorest segments of the rural population. He is an active member of many social organizations working for enhancing rural livelihoods and promoting community empowerment. He also launched research and technical cooperation projects in the informal sectors and for rural women.

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Bibliographic information

Title Rural Development: Sustainable Livelihood and Security
Format Hardcover
Date published: 13.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Authors Press
Language: English
isbn 8172733399
length xiv+249p.