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Improving lives by solving problems in agriculture and the environment

Reorienting Indian Agriculture

Reorienting Indian Agriculture

Challenges and Opportunities

Now Published!

By R S Paroda, Trust for Advancement of Agricultural Sciences (TAAS), India

November 2018 / Hardback / 336 Pages / 9781786395177 £100.00 / €130.00 / $165.00
With 10% online discount: £90.00 / €117.00 / $148.50
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Main Description

Despite multiple revolutions, daunting challenges face agriculture. How can it address poverty and hunger, including malnutrition? How much is it responsible for degradation of natural resources (soil, water, agrobiodiversity) and climate change? How can agricultural diversification, and secondary and speciality agriculture help in improving productivity, sustainability and farmer income? Can integrated natural resource management (including conservation agriculture, innovative extension, agricultural education and an enabling policy environment) help achieve resilience and faster agricultural growth?

This book sketches a journey from green to an evergreen revolution through reorientation of Indian agriculture to address emerging challenges. It covers global agriculture, genetic resource management, crop breeding (including biotechnology), seed production technology, agronomy, innovative extension, motivation of youth (including women), climate change and policy reforms for improving farmers' income. It provides insight into:

- India's agricultural scenario, and the strength of agricultural research for development.
- Better ways of managing natural resources for sustainable farming systems.
- Climate-smart, diversified and resilient agriculture for improved productivity and income.
- The need to reorient research, development and related policies concerned with agricultural research and innovation for development (ARI4D) to harness new opportunities

This book is for researchers, students and policymakers interested in agricultural policy, increased food production, rural development and natural resource management, especially: general agriculture, genetic resources, crop breeding, seed development, agricultural biotechnology, agronomy, international agriculture, climate change and sustainable agriculture.

  • PART I: AGRICULTURAL SCENARIO
    • 1: The Indian Agricultural Scenario
    • 2: Agriculture for Achieving Sustainable Development Goals
  • PART II: REVOLUTIONS IN AGRICULTURE
    • 3: Fifty Years of the Green Revolution and Beyond
    • 4: Intensive Efforts for Food and Nutrition Security
    • 5: The White Revolution and Livestock Production
    • 6: Aquaculture Development and the Blue Revolution
  • PART III: REORIENTING AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH FOR INNOVATION
    • 7: Increasing Productivity Growth Rate in Agriculture
    • 8: Reorienting Agricultural Research for Development for Sustainable Agriculture
    • 9: Strategies for Scaling Innovations for Impact on Smallholder Farmers
  • PART IV: IMPROVING PRODUCTIVITY AND PRODUCTION
    • 10: Enhancing Productivity of Foodgrains
    • 11: Horticulture for Food and Nutrition Security
    • 12: Strategies for Enhancing Oilseed Production
    • 13: Accelerating Forage Crop Production
  • PART V: HARNESSING AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY
    • 14: Agricultural Biotechnology for Food and Nutritional Security
  • PART VI: MANAGING PLANT GENETIC RESOURCES
    • 15: The International Treaty – Current Concerns
    • 16: Agrobiodiversity: Dynamic Change Management
    • 17: Managing Agrobiodiversity through Use: Changing Paradigms
  • PART VII: THE ROLE AND GROWTH OF THE SEED SECTOR
    • 18: The Growth of the Indian Seed Sector: Challenges and Opportunities
    • 19: Revitalizing the Indian Seed Sector
  • PART VIII: INTEGRATED NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
    • 20: Managing and Improving Soil Health
    • 21: Increasing Water-use Efficiency
    • 22: Agroforestry in India: The Way Forward
  • PART IX: IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE
    • 23: The Impact of Global Climate Change on Agricultural Growth
    • 24: Towards Climate-smart Agriculture
  • PART X: INNOVATION IN EXTENSION
    • 25: Linking Research with Extension for Accelerated Agricultural Growth
    • 26: Empowering Farmers through Innovative Extension Systems
  • PART XI: THE ROLE OF WOMEN AND YOUTH
    • 27: Women’s Empowerment for Agricultural Development
    • 28: Attracting and Retaining Youth in Agriculture
  • PART XII: POLICY REFORMS FOR ACCELERATED GROWTH
    • 29: Revitalizing the Indian Agricultural Education System
    • 30: A Strategy for Doubling Farmers’ Income
    • 31: Future Challenges and Opportunities in Agriculture
    • 32: Change We Must – But Change is Difficult

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Paroda Raj Paroda, former Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) & Secretary, Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE), Government of India, is an accomplished plant breeder and geneticist and research administrator. He has made significant contributions in crop science research. He modernized and strengthened national agricultural research systems (NARS)in India as well as in Central Asia and the Caucasus. He was the main architect of the National Gene Bank in New Delhi. He has received numerous awards, including Rafi Ahmad Kidwai Prize, ICAR Team Research Award, FICCI Award, Om Prakash Bhasin Award, BP Pal Gold Medal, Borlaug Award, Mahendra Shiromani Award and the prestigious Padma Bhushan from the Government of India in 1998.
He was the founder chairman of Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) based at FAO, Rome. He was President of Indian Science Congress in 2000-2001 and President of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, besides a dozen scientific societies in agriculture. Fifteen universities have awarded him D.Sc. (Honoris Causa) degree including Ohio State University, Columbus and Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. He served for more than two decades as Executive Secretary of Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI). Paroda worked for the overall benefit of farmers as Chairman, Farmers Commission of Haryana, Chairman of Working Group on Agriculture and member of Rajasthan Planning Board. Currently, he is Chairman of the Trust for Advancement of Agricultural Sciences (TAAS) and on the Strategic Impact, Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (SIMEC) of CGIAR System Council.