Adaptation to Climate Change in Asia

Adaptation to Climate Change in Asia

Edited by Sushil Vachani and Jawed Usmani

The frequency and scale of damage inflicted by climate-related disasters, including floods, drought, heat waves and hurricanes, has been increasing at an alarming rate. This volume provides a timely and thoughtful discussion of strategies for adaptation to climate change, which can complement mitigation strategies being developed by other experts throughout the world.

Chapter 9: Adapting Indian agriculture to climate change

Sushil Vachani and Jawed Usmani

Subjects: asian studies, asian environment, business and management, management and sustainability, development studies, asian development, environment, climate change

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India is among the countries expected to bear the worst impact of climate change owing to its proximity to the equator and the vulnerability of a large segment of its population that lives in poverty. Climate change poses many challenges, but one of the greatest is the threat to India's ability to feed its growing population of 1.2 billion. Apart from the impact of higher temperature, agriculture will be affected by water scarcity. This chapter focuses on Indian agriculture, its dependence on water resources and strategies for adaptation to climate change.

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