Harnessing Dividends from Drylands

Innovative Scaling Up with Soil Nutrients

Edited by K.V. Raju and Suhas P. Wani
October 2016
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  • Publisher
  • Published
    11th October 2016
  • ISBN 9781780648156
  • Language English
  • Pages 334 pp.
  • Size 6.125" x 9.5"

The livelihoods of millions of people in developing countries depend on Dryland agriculture to ensure their food security and their well-being. Any improvement in yields for farmers in these areas will have a significant positive affect. This book describes lessons learned from an innovative scheme in India that improved yields in drylands. It shows how the scheme can be scaled up for other Dryland regions of the world. The scheme uses localized soil nutrient analyses to create an integrated, climate-smart fertilizer and planting plan that maximizes yields for farmers.

1. Dry Lands for Food Security: A Macro Perspective
Dr. KV Raju and SP Wani

2. Evolution of Bhoochetana
Dr. SP Wani

3. Soil Nutrient Mapping for On-farm Fertility Management
Drs. KL Sahrawat, K. Krishnappa, Kanwar L Sahrawat, SP Wani & Girish Chander, & Mr. G Pardhasaradhi

4. Human Capacity Development to adopt Best Practices
Drs. KH Anantha, Girish Chander and Gajanan Sawargaonkar

5. Digital Technologies for Agricultural Extension
K.H. Anantha, Mukund D. Patil, K. Krishnappa & SP Wani

6. Institutional Arrangements and Innovations
Dr. KV Raju, K.H. Anantha, SP Wani & K. Krishnappa

7. Climate Variability and Agriculture
Dr A.V.R. Kesava Rao, K Srinivas & SP Wani

8. Crop Yield Estimation Strategy.
G. Pardhasaradhi & V. Nageswara Rao

9. An Integrated Approach for Productivity Enhancement
Gajanan Sawargaonkar, Raghavendra Sudi & S P Wani

10. Water Productivity and Income
G. Pardhasaradhi, Girish Chander, K.H. Anantha, Kaushal K. Garg & S P Wani

11. Social and Economic Benefits
Drs. KV Raju, KH Anantha, Kaushal K Garg, Mr K Srinivas, Mr G Pardhasaradhi, S P Wani & K. Krishnappa

12. Learnings and a Way Forward
Drs. KV Raju and SP Wani

K.V. Raju

K.V. Raju is the Theme Leader, Policy and Impact, Research Program-Asia, International Crop Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics, Patancheru, Telengana, India. He was previously Principal Scientist and Assistant Director, ICRISAT. He has served as Economic Advisor to Chief Minister, Government of Karnataka, India and acts as Professor and Head, Centre for Ecological Economics and Natural Resources, Institute for Social and Economic Change, India. He has published 16 books and more than 100 papers in international and national journals, besides a large number of research reports (from international and national organizations like ICRISAT, IFPRI, IWMI, ICRAF, IEG, ISEC, IRMA, IIM-A) and proceedings.

Suhas P. Wani

Suhas P. Wani is Research Program Director - Asia and Director, ICRISAT Development Center (IDC) at International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Patancheru, India. His area of specialization is scaling-up science-based interventions to benefit millions of farmers in Asia and Africa particularly in the area of sustainable agriculture for improving rural livelihoods. His expertise spans through integrated watershed management and water use efficiency (green, blue and grey) in field to catchment scale, wasteland development, wastewater management, biodiesel plantation, integrated nutrient management and carbon sequestration for the conservation of natural resources and their sustainable use for improving livelihoods of farmers. Livelihoods improvement for small farm holders is the main thrust of his research for development (R4D). Dr. Wani has organized national and international meetings and coordinated multi-disciplinary, multi-country projects in the area of sustainable natural resource management and for improving livelihoods and building resilience of farmers.