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Family Farming and Rural Economic Development

M.L. Choudhary (Editor) Aditya . (Editor)

Family farming is the predominant form of agriculture in the food production sectors in both developing and developed countries. It mainly includes all family-based agricultural activities, and it is linked to several areas of rural and social development. It is understood as a means of organizing agricultural, forestry, fisheries, pastoral and aquaculture production which is managed and operated by a family and increasingly reliant on family labour of both men and women.

In developing countries like India, a number of factors are key for the successful development of family farming, such as: agro-ecological conditions and territorial characteristics; access to markets; policy environment; access to land and natural resources; access to technology and extension services; access to finance; demographic, economic and socio-cultural conditions; availability of specialized education among a few.

The United Nations has designated the year 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming at the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly recognizing the increasing role of family farming in poverty alleviation and rural development in particular.

The content of the book offers a diverse selection of chapters that address issues of importance to those in the agriculture industry, researchers, faculty and others.

Contents: Preface. 1. Involving rural youths in farming: a suggested roadmap/P.P Pal, A.K Singh and H.K De. 2. Role of youth in family farming/Vijay Kumar, Jyoti Manjusha, Ranjana Sachan and Y.K Verma. 3. Role and aspirations of youth in family farming/M. Bhavya Manjari. 4. Role and aspiration of rural youth in family farming/Akanchha Singh. 5. Exploring youth aspirations for agriculture/A.S. Tigga. 6. youth involvement in family farming/Sneha Singh, Raghuveer Singh Meena and O.P. Mishra. 7. Rural youth: the future of family farming/Mukesh Kumar, Aparna Radhakrishanan and Minu Singh. 8. Role, challenges and opportunities for agricultural youths in family farming/Sarvesh Kumar and B K Mandal. 9. Challenges faced by rural youth in choice of career in agriculture/Renu Gangwar and V.L.V. Kameswari. 10. Problems of rural youth in family farming: challenges and mitigation strategies/O.P. Mishra. 11. Assessment of DSR and MTR as a source of livelihood for rural youths in Northern Bihar/Ram Pal and Devendra Mandal. 12. Exploring awareness among NREGA beneficiaries under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act 2005/A.S. Tigga. 13. Economic opportunities for youth in farming that provide alternative to migration in urban areas/S.K. Sinha. 14. Rural youth migration and measures to combat it efficiently through agriculture/Rekha Balodi, Lajja Vati, Sunaina Bisht and Abhijeet Ghatak. 15. The falling farm hands for indian agriculture: understanding the brain drain of rural youth from agriculture farming to non-agricultural sectors/Punit Kumar Agarwal, Pushpa and Smita Sirohi. 16. Migration check among the rural labourers through NREGA...../ A.S. Tigga. 17. Economic opportunities for rural youth in farming: exploring the alternatives for migration to urban areas/Mahesh Chander, Hari R and Prakash, Kumar Rathod. 18. Income generating activities for youth in farming under rural development programmes/Gopika M.H, Preethi and Kowsalya K.S. 19. Engaging youth in agriculture - a key to food security/Niketha L, Bagish Kumar, Minu Singh and Sanjeev Kumar. 20. The ways to make family farming look charming with the involvement of youth/S. Jegan Karuppiah and Arokia Marry Eddolin.

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About the author

M.L. Choudhary

Dr. M.L. Choudhary, Horticulture Commissioner, Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India and former Head, Division of Floriculture and Landscaping, IARI. He has a wide-ranging experience in ornamental crop improvement, production and biotechnology.

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Title Family Farming and Rural Economic Development
Format Hardcover
Date published: 09.01.2015
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789383305858
length xi+424p., Illustrations; Colour; 25cm.