Sustaining and improving rural livelihoods in India

The collaborative project, Sustaining and Improving Rural Livelihoods through Adaptive Approaches to Land, Soil Nutrient and Water Management, covers three geographically distinct but thematically related research projects in India, with the focus in 2014 on Gujarati. Exchange visits of IIASA and Indian institutions are building the basis of the integrated project cluster on sustaining and improving rural livelihoods.

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From October to December 2014 researchers from one of the partner Indian institutions, the Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) of Gujarat, visited IIASA [1][2][3]. Considerable progress was achieved in the fields of adaptation of agro-system models to regional data and context, detailed case studies were identified, and preliminary development scenario and storylines generated for the Gujarat region, which lies on the northwest coat of India

The visit by Gujarati partners was the sequel to a 2013 workshop held in Gujarat on "Changing Land Use and Environmental Implications under the Emerging Economic and Climatic Scenarios in India."


The following publications, relevant to the project on rural livelihoods in Gujarat, are lead-authored by Professor Pramod Kumar Singh of IRMA.

[1] Singh PK, Nair A (2014). Livelihood vulnerability assessment to climate variability and change using a fuzzy cognitive mapping approach. Climatic Change, 127:475-491. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-014-1275-0.

[2] Singh PK, Hiremath BN (2010). Sustainable livelihood security index in a developing country: A tool for development planning. Ecological Indicators, 10 (2): 442-451. ISSN: 1470-160X.

[3] Singh PK (2009). Spatial Data Infrastructure in India: Status, Governance Challenges, and Strategies for Effective Functioning. International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructures Research, 4, 359-388; ISSN: 1725-0463.


Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA), India

Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC), India

National Institute of Hydrology (NIH), India

Centre for Water Resources Development and Management (CWRDM), India

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