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MGNREGA for environmental service enhancement and vulnerability reduction: rapid appraisal in Chitradurga district, Karnataka

Tiwari, Rakesh and Somashekhar, H. I. and Parama, V. R. R. and Murthy, Indu K. and Mohan Kumar, M. S. and Mohan Kumar, B. K. and Parate, H. and Varma, M. and Malaviya, S. and Rao, A. S. and Sengupta, Arjun and Kattumuri, Ruth and Ravindranath, N. H. (2011) MGNREGA for environmental service enhancement and vulnerability reduction: rapid appraisal in Chitradurga district, Karnataka. Economic and Political Weekly, 46 (20). pp. 39-47. ISSN 0012-9976

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Abstract

The activities undertaken under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act in Chitradurga district, Karnataka, were assessed for their potential to enhance and provide environmental services. Key programmes implemented in 20 villages during 2009 were studied using rapid scientific assessment methods. An indicator approach was adopted to analyse environmental services such as water for irrigation and improvement in soil quality. The status of environmental services before and after implementation of the activities was examined and vulnerability indices were constructed and compared. The activities were found to have reduced the vulnerability of agricultural production, water resources and livelihoods to uncertain rainfall, water scarcity and poor soil fertility.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.epw.in/
Additional Information: © 2011 Sameeksha Trust
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Research centres and groups > Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
Research centres and groups > India Observatory
Research centres and groups > Asia Research Centre
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2012 09:15
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2013 08:42
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/43301

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