Pathways to Sustainable Intensification: Participatory Designing of Adapted Farming System Innovations
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Kumar Shalander, Anthony Whitbread, Thomas Falk. (23/8/2016). Pathways to Sustainable Intensification: Participatory Designing of Adapted Farming System Innovations. Solutions, 7(5), pp. 32-35.
Most farmers in Western Rajasthan, India face an uncertain, impoverished future. The region is affected by frequent droughts, overexploitation of groundwater, deteriorating soil and water quality, low productivity, weak institutions, malnutrition, continuously decreasing landholding size, and a burgeoning population of 28 million. With negative water balance for all but a few months of the year, Rajasthani farmers are on the cutting edge of climate change. In this situation, common property resources, such as fodder, herbs, and water, ease stress on livelihoods. By the same token, the social and environmental cost of the poor management of these resources is keenly felt. That is why the International Crops Research Institute for the SemiArid Tropics (ICRISAT), as part of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Program on Dryland Systems, has teamed up with rural dryland communities to find integrated approaches to resource management...