Issues  I  Environment

For many people there is a direct link between their management of natural resources and maintenance of sustainable livelihoods. Smallholder farmers depend on developing their knowledge, skills, management ability and entrepreneurship to eke out a living based on the natural resources available.

 
Environmental problems

There is much legitimate concern at present about the rise in incidence of environmental problems such as climate change, droughts, floods, loss of soil fertility, and unsustainable exploitation and incremental destruction of biodiversity.

 
Environmental assets

With persistent poverty in rural areas, environment is a key component for security, stability and sustainability. Economic and social development and the environment are fundamentally interdependent. Environmental assets provide the foundations for sustainable development. Fertile soils, clean water, biomass and biodiversity produce a range of goods and services that yield income, offer safety nets for the poor, and power economic growth. Conversely, bad management of environmental assets, poor control of environmental hazards, such as pollution, and inadequate response to environmental challenges such as climate change, threaten development.

 
Development interests

Environmental concerns lie at the heart of all Prakruthi projects and intervention strategies. It is necessary to understand how environmental issues in rural areas affect the development interests; the associated costs, benefits, risks and their distribution; and how to make appropriate decisions, especially to meet international environmental standards. In this light Prakruthi’s development projects entail:

  • Empowering poor and marginalized smallholder groups – including their environmental rights – ensuring they are involved in decision-making processes affecting their lives.
  • Reducing and managing risks in agricultural production – including environmental risks.
  • Increasing the productivity per farmer, while improving the management of environmental assets.
  • Approaching of social, economic and natural systems in a holistic way, thereby building a systematic approach of interlinked problems.

 


 
 
 
 
Bhagawanth Rao, 14, whose parents Soyam
Lachu and Lachu Bai cultivate about 20 acres of
dry land in Adilabad District,
 
   
 
 
 
 
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