A Future for Rural India

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This book addresses the rising disempowerment of local farmers and village communities wrought by three centuries of colonial rule, followed by half a century of chemical-industrial agriculture, and now by globalisation.

M.G.Jackson, an Indian agricultural scientist, participated in the Green Revolution in the 1960s and 70s. Closely perceiving its various negative fallouts, he spent the next thirty years developing an alternative conceptual model which enables rural communities to define their own future, rather than submit helplessly to the rampaging forces of an increasingly globalised economy.

Jackson’s ecological vision sees local farmers and village communities rehabilitating the health of their land, and then managing it sustainably. The means to these are appropriate education and the redressing of social and gender inequalities within the village community; and between village communities and the expanding urban-industrial-corporate sector of India. In writing this book, the author has drawn living inspiration from numerous rural people and communities, and from his own experience as an environmental educator in rural India.

“… this book is mainly about Indian agriculture, … However, if you are interested in sustainability issues, localisation, natural farming methods and community building, and these connect to Systems Theory,…you may well enjoy this little gem as much as I did.”

From the review of the first edition in ‘Resurgence’, September-October, 2005