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State of the World 2011 Innovations that Nourish the Planet

by Worldwatch Institute. £14.99; January 2011; 272 Pages: 234 x 176mm. ISBN 9781849713528.

Over the last two years, Worldwatch’s Nourishing the Planet team has travelled to 25 sub-Saharan African nations – the places where hunger is greatest – and uncovered a treasure trove of innovations from farmers’ groups, private voluntary organizations, universities, and even agribusiness companies. These innovations offer global benefits – from the continent’s role in preventing disastrous climate change to the way urban farmers are feeding people in cities and why even determined locavores are sustained by the crop diversity preserved by farmers thousands of miles away.

This book assesses the state of agricultural innovations from cropping methods to irrigation technology to agricultural policy with an emphasis on sustainability, diversity, and ecosystem health in the hope of guiding governments, foundations, and concerned citizens in their efforts to eradicate hunger and poverty.

Published annually in 28 languages, State of the World is long established as the most authoritative and accessible annual guide to our progress towards a sustainable future. It is relied upon by national governments, UN agencies, development workers and law-makers for its up-to-the-minute analysis and information.

Encircling the Seamless

Encircling the Seamless : India, Climate Change, and the Global Commons

by A. Damodaran, 2010, ISBN: 9781098066750; Price: Rs. 850; US$ 19.32.

This book explores global environmental negotiations against the backdrop of complex political relations, the climate change conventions and multilateral environmental assessments and their effect on special interest groups. It weaves in the story of India’s emergent economy, its sustainable development, and the multifaceted nationhood, the diversity of its rural scene, and the challenges of seamlessness brought in by the power of its information technology.

Agriculture, Food Security and Rural Development

Asian Development Bank – Indian Resident Mission, New Delhi, 2010; ISBN #: 9780198064664; $42.00; 384 pages; Oxford University Press.

After a decade of neglect of agricultural research, the importance of agriculture in fulfilling the basic objectives of development is increasingly being recognized. This volume provides a comprehensive review of India’s experience in agricultural development and the role played by the state and the public sector. It draws lessons from the agricultural policies undertaken since Independence, both in terms of their relevance for the country’s future course of action and their wider significance for the developing world.

The essays in the volume focus on key policy issues in agriculture, food security, and rural development, including land reforms, institutional constraints in water management, agricultural diversification, disaster management, and public-private participation in agricultural investment. Arguing that policies need to be rooted in the history, geography, and polity of the country, the essays carefully diagnose the challenges in the current scenario, and offer reasoned suggestions to achieve the twin objectives of agricultural development and poverty reduction. In recent times, the importance of agriculture in fulfilling the basic objectives of development has been increasingly reinforced. Why does the Indian economy continue to be vulnerable to weather-induced agricultural fluctuations? Why does India have widespread poverty and malnutrition despite being self-sufficient in food production? What are the responsibilities of the state, the public sector, and civil society in redressing the agrarian crises? This volume provides answers to such questions through a comprehensive review of India s experience in agricultural development. The focus is on key policy issues related to land reforms, sustainable water use, crop diversification, disaster management, and public private participation in agricultural investment. The volume draws lessons from agricultural policies since Independence, both in terms of their relevance for the country’s future course of action and their wider significance for the developing world. Arguing that policies need to be rooted in the history, geography, and polity of the country, the essays carefully diagnose the challenges in the current scenario and offer reasoned suggestions to achieve the twin objectives of agricultural development and poverty reduction. Readership This volume will interest students and researchers of development economics, agricultural economics, and Indian economy. It will also help policymakers identify the key issues and initiate the right policies.

Water conservation mgmt

Water Conservation, Management and Analysis by Madireddi V. Subba Rao, 2011, ISBN #: 9789350180198, $29.50, 128 pages, Readworthy Publications.

Water is an essential commodity for survival of mankind and other living organisms on the earth. Availability of fresh and clean water on earth is very limited in quantity. Therefore the management and conservation of water is very vital for sustainability. This book deals with the important aspects of conservation and management of water with various analytical procedures and techniques of water quality assessment.

Liberalizing Foodgrains Markets : Experiences, Impact, and Lessons from South Asia. Ashok Gulati, A. Ganesh-Kumar & Devesh Roy (Ed.). Year: 2010; ISBN: 9781098066958; Price: Rs. 750.00, US$ 17.05.

The essays place contemporary food security policies in historical perspective, examining the divergent approaches to food security adopted in the past by Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. They analyse policies on the production, stocks, trade, and consumption of various foodgrains – rice in Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, and rice and wheat in India and Pakistan -and draw lessons for South Asia as a region.

Environmental Concerns. D.D. Gupta, Agrobios, 2011, 688 p, ISBN : 9788177544282 , Rs. 2,250.

Environment has become the central point of global concern. The quality of environment is affected by production and consumption activities of people. Societys welfare with its economic activities is also governed by environment. Here, the convergence between ecology, ethics economics and other allied sciences obviously encompassing issues of environment has become the centre of our concerns. In such context this book on “ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS” concentrates. This volume contains the issues like global warming and climate , degradation of natural resource base, biodiversity phenomena, food security, watershed management, mining action, energy use efficiency, environmental audit, environmental laws and overall ethics in environmental.