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To the Hands of the Poor: Water and Trees

By: Robert Chambers

Practical Action Publishing

Paperback | Jan 1989 | #8831 | ISBN: 185339047X
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Written for policy-makers, this book confronts the paradox of mass poverty coexisting with vast resource potentials in much of rural India. The authors present evidence that the potentials from groundwater and trees are larger than earlier estimated.


Part 1 The paradox of poverty: poverty and priorities; the poor and the potentials; who gains and who loses?. Part 2 Lift irrigation and the poor: access to water through groups; access to water through markets; practical policy. Part 3 Trees and the poor: forestry for livelihoods; why small farmers don't plant trees; a new charter for the poor. Part 4 Practical strategy: analysis and action.

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