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Natural Resources and Chronic Poverty in India: A Review of Issues and Evidence

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  • Amita Shah

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Natural resources perform multiple functions as a driver, maintainer, potential exit route, and also an effective escape mechanism in the context of poverty dynamics, especially in a predominantly agrarian economy such as India. The discourse on poverty reduction however, has often overlooked some of the major concerns of natural resource management, despite recognizing the criticality of agricultural growth for reducing rural poverty in the country. This paper presents an overview of the interface between natural resources and poverty in India and pleads for better equity and sustainability in resource management by ensuring sustained investment in support institutions at various levels. [Working Paper No. 43]

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Keywords: Natural resources; Poverty; India; Dry land; Forest; Tribal;

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