CHAPTER 2

Climate and Pattern of Land Utilization in India

Land is a scarce resource, whose supply is fixed for all practical purposes. At the same time, the demand for land for various competing purposes is continuously increasing with the increase in human population and economic growth. Land resources constitute the most important natural wealth of a country. Hence, the proper utilization of land resources is a matter of utmost concern for the people of a country. This chapter presents India’s climate and land use pattern and analyzes the impact of weather shocks on agricultural productivity in the short run and that of climate change in the long run. Besides, the chapter considers possible policy options to reduce vulnerability in Indian ...

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