Real Markets and Environmental Change in Kerala, India
A New Understanding of the Impact of Crop Markets on Sustainable Development
First published in 1999, this volume explores the environmental change which is an increasingly serious problem for Third World countries, and one that has a major impact on the health and livelihoods of the world’s poor. In light of economic liberalization and increased agricultural trade, it thus becomes crucial to understand the varied impact of markets on environment and development. This book provides a new understanding of the relationship between crop markets, agricultural practice and sustainable development. Both theoretical argument an detailed case studies from the South Indian State of Kerala are used to demonstrate the way in which these factors interrelate and how market-induced changes affect human well-being and environmental sustainability. In conclusion, Véron suggests that appropriate regulation of markets and consumer pressure – rather than either ‘free’ trade or withdrawal from markets – have the potential to direct agricultural producers to apply more sustainable practices.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction. 2. Environment and Development. 3. Markets and Agricultural Change. 4. From Theory to Field Research. 5. Kerala: Development, Environment and Agricultural Change. 6. Pineapple Cultivation in Vazhakulam. 7. Cashew Cultivation in Mattanur-Iritty. 8. Markets For or Against Sustainable Development?