In this analysis of the relationship between agrarian structure and agricultural development in Pakistan, the author investigates the slow and uneven performance of agriculture and explores probable causes. He demonstrates that land reforms have failed to alter the pattern of concentration of land ownership and have in tact increased the marginality of landless tenants and small land-owners. He argues that among the most serious causes of Pakistan’s uncertain agricultural future is the predicament of the average farmer.
Noting that small owner-operated farms are socially more efficient than large ones, Dr. Khan proposes a new, economically viable, land-tenure system. He also examines Pakistan’s outmoded land-tax system and suggests a new method of direct agricultural taxation that would be efficient, equitable, and administratively feasible. He concludes, however, that such reforms are not likely to meet with political acceptance, even though increased pressures of technology and marginalizalion on the peasantry inevitably will result in disruptive — perhaps violent — change. ISBN: 086531134X Publisher: VANGAURD BOOKS
Biomass currently accounts for about 15 per cent of the global primary energy consumption. This text starts with an outline of the importance and position of primary production of biomass, and then of biofuel feedstocks. It then goes on to cover all the main potential energy crops. ISBN: 1873936753 Publisher: VIVA BOOKS
An introduction to runoff agriculture – a form of agricultural irrigation – this text describes how the use of surface and subsurface water, often overlooked and wasted, enables both small farmers and commercial agriculturists to improve yields and the security of harvest, even in harsh and remote environments. The text introduces the techniques and strategies, as well as the challenges and the potential of the crucial approach, which can contribute so much to reducing land degradation and improving conversation and sustainability. Contents: Soil and water conservation • runoff harvesting and storage • ephemeral and variable streamflow -spate, wetlands and flood agriculture • indigenous runoff agriculture – challenges and breakdown • expanding, upgrading and rehabilitating runoff agriculture • the future for runoff agriculture. About the Author: Christopher Barrow is senior lecturer at the School of Social Sciences and International Development, University of Wales, Swansea. He has been advisor and consultant to organizations such as the World Bank and is the author of a number of books. Target Audience: Agriculture scientists, researchers, students, Rural development agencies, agriculturists, environmentalists ISBN: 1853834955 Publisher: EARTHSCAN