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‘Research can make or break rainfed farming’


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Abstract: What are the problems facing smallholder farmers in drought-prone areas in India? And how can research contribute to solutions? Dr. Y.V. Malla Reddy of Accion Fraterna (AF) Ecology Centre argues that agricultural research should change its vantage point towards the livelihoods of farmers. Research and policy today focus on high-tech solutions for irrigated cash crops. This bias threatens the survival of rain-fed farmers. AF Ecology Centre supports a Low External Input and Sustainable Agriculture (LEISA)1 approach to farming in drought-prone areas such as the Anantapur district, where 90% of farmers are smallholders. The focus must be on developing low-cost, integrated, sustainable farming systems and achieving food security at the household level.
Authors: Reddy, Y.V.M.
Country: India
Category: Practice
End Page: 21
Serial number: 11
ISSN: 1874-2033
Journal: The Broker
Keywords: agriculture , food
Language: eng
Organization: The Broker
Year: 2008
Region: South Asia
Right: © 2008 IDP. This article has been licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported license.
Subject: Agriculture and Rural Development
Start Page: 20
Title: ‘Research can make or break rainfed farming’