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Integrated Rural Development: A Roadmap

 
Prabha Shastri Ranade (Author)
Synopsis

Integrated Rural Development (IRD) is concerned with economic growth, poverty alleviation, raising the living standard of the rural people and providing adequate minimum basic needs. Modern technology has the potential to achieve this, if properly harnessed. Agriculture needs to be modernized for achieving the objective of integrated rural development. Integrated rural development can be achieved by bringing in modern agricultural technologies in the rural and backward areas. Modern technologies should appropriately be blended with Government’s development programmes for improving the livelihoods of landless and marginal farmers. The book focuses on the key role modern technology can play in IRD. It explores the role of various sectors in achieving integration of rural development. The book is divided into three sections – Agriculture and technology, sustainable livelihoods and resource conservation The articles included in this book deal with the following areas: Agriculture technologies, lab-to-land programme, post-harvest technology, contract farming in horticulture sector, conservation agriculture, GM seeds, biofertilizers, biotechnology, bio-resources, soil conservation and wasteland development (Jatropa and energy plantation on wasteland), water-related issues (soil and water conservation, drip irrigation, ground water management and rainwater harvesting, salinity prevention), non- agricultural and forest-related activities, microfinance and SHGs, khadi and village industries, sustainable livelihoods with ICT in rural India, the digital initiatives such as AgRIS, DISNIC, e-Cooperatives and CoopNET for fostering agricultural and rural industries and improving rural connectivity.

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About the author

Prabha Shastri Ranade

Prabha Shastri Ranade holds a Master's degree in Geography and Ph.D. in Social Sciences from Nagpur University. She has over 25 years of teaching and research. experience. She is currently working as Consulting Editor at Icfai Business School Research Centre, Ahmedabad. She started her career as Research Officer at National Atlas and Thematic Mapping Organization, (Government of India) Kolkata, and has moved to teaching of Geography at Nagpur University. Later, she was awarded UGC's Research Associateship for post doctoral research projects, under which she worked at Devi Ahilya Vishwa Vidyalaya, Indore and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi for about 15 years. She has contributed numerous articles in academic journals, conference proceedings, edited books, newspapers and the Encyclopedia of World Geography (New York). She has edited a few books published by the Icfai University Press and also published four books, 'Maharashtra', under States of Our Union Series, by the Publications Division of Government. of India; Population Dynamics in India by Ashish Publishing House, New Delhi; Industries and Environment: A Study of Impact Assessment by APH Publishing Corporation, New Delhi; and a text book on "Geography" for the Maharashtra State Text Book Bureau, Pune. She has presented research papers at various national and international conferences and seminars, held within the country and abroad. She was the recipient of "Young Scientist" honour by the Indian Science Congress for her research contribution. Her areas of expertise and interests include geography, population, resources and environment.

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Bibliographic information

Title Integrated Rural Development: A Roadmap
Format Hardcover
Date published: 15.10.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8131412371
length 300p.