NREM Seminar - Cynthia Lai, MS Plan B Capstone

January 24, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Mānoa Campus, St. John 11 Add to Calendar

Economics of Environmental Degradation Intervention and Conservation Agricultural Practices in Tribal Villages in India
by Cynthia Lai

Abstract: During this time of environmental change, the management of natural resources may be our wisest pursuit; specifically, the international agricultural sector of farmland management.

The SANREM/SMARTS project, which began in 2009, has taken forth this task of initiating agricultural development in the tribal villages of Keonjhar, one of the poorest districts in the state of Orissa, India, through the implementation of conservation agricultural production systems (CAPS).

With over 28% of the population of India falling below the national poverty line, many States within the country are vulnerable to poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition. Preliminary research and analysis has already shown the benefits of implementing CAPS in increasing food and livelihood securities in these marginal farmland areas.

On the other hand, the preliminary scientific proof is just one aspect of environmental intervention and CAPS implementation. This study will explore the research question of “How do you take a problem and use economics to assess for decision making?” through three steps that include: (1) analyzing environmental and economic benefits of environmental degradation intervention through primary data collection and economic analysis; (2) focusing on the significance of integrative research and the bottom-up approach of implementing CAPS; and (3) defining the role of natural resource managers to effectively communicate information to specific audiences.

This study provides a positive catalyst for environmental awareness, agricultural technology transfer and extension research in developing countries.

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NREM, Mānoa Campus

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