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Book Review - Meera Subramanian: A river runs again - India’s natural world in crisis, from the barren cliffs of Rajasthan to the farmlands of Karnataka

Clark, N

Food Security   8 (2) 463-465

DOI: 10.1007/s12571-016-0547-0

April 2016   (First published online January 2016)

A continuing issue in international public policy is how to deal with interventions that cut across sectoral and disciplinary boundaries. To begin with there is the purely economic question of how to ensure balanced economic growth which allows for poverty reduction in an era when most measures of inequality seem to indicate growing disparities between the “haves” and the “have nots”. Linked to this are geographical impacts (that show some regions faring worse than others), growing globalisation of trade and capital flows (leaving less room for manoeuvre for relevant national public policies), technological factors (that usually impinge differentially over time) and environmental issues (that result from unanticipated effects of change in the biosphere).
This book is an attempt to explore these interrelated issues by focusing on one developing country using illustrative stories garnered through extensive investigative research.