Agricultural intensification, irrigation and the environment in South Asia: Issues and policy options

Alauddin, Mohammad and Quiggin, John (2008) Agricultural intensification, irrigation and the environment in South Asia: Issues and policy options. Ecological Economics, 65 1: 111-124.

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Author Alauddin, Mohammad
Quiggin, John
Title Agricultural intensification, irrigation and the environment in South Asia: Issues and policy options
Journal name Ecological Economics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0921-8009
Publication date 2008-03-15
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2007.06.004
Volume 65
Issue 1
Start page 111
End page 124
Total pages 13
Editor R. B.Howarth
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject 340202 Environment and Resource Economics
760102 Trade and environment
C1
140201 Agricultural Economics
9609 Land and Water Management
Abstract High population pressure and the rapid pace of human activity including urbanization, industrialization and other economic activities have led to a dwindling supply of arable land per capita and a process of agricultural intensification in South Asia. While this process has significantly increased food production to feed the growing population, it has also entailed considerable damage to the physical environment, including degradation and depletion of natural resources and unsustainable use of land and water resources. This paper employs the analytical tools of economic theory, environmental and ecological economics to model the impact of irrigation in South Asia. It underscores the need for an eclectic approach to policy responses stemming from private and common property rights theories, externality theory and sustainability theory with a view to environmentalizing agricultural development.
Keyword Agricultural intensification
Environmental intensification
Groundwater intensity
South Asia
Bangladesh
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Additional Notes Available online 20 July 2007.

 
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