Changing Livelihoods: Essays on Nepal's Development since 1990

Chautari Book Series 45

Writer: Jagannath Adhikari
Publisher: Martin Chautari
First Published: 2008
Page 356, Rs. 300
ISBN: 978-9937-8004-9-5

Book Review
Republica, 13 Nov 2009A


The articles collected in this book cover a range of development issues of great contemporary importance: mobility and rural livelihoods, rural-urban relations and regional development, urban environment and development and food security in both rural and urban Nepal. Most of the articles are based on research done in west central Nepal since the early 1990s. Written by the most prolific and insightful geographer working in Nepal today, this book helps us to understand the many facets of changes that are happening in the lives of rural and urban Nepalis. As Nepal and its economy gets increasingly more integrated with the rest of the world through the process of globalization, the articles provide detailed analyses of how Nepali households and communities are affected by this process. This book should be read by all academics and students who want to understand contemporary Nepal, and policy-makers and managers who want to design and implement development interventions.

Jagannath Adhikari, PhD, is a geographer associated with Martin Chautari in Kathmandu. He is the author or co-author of several books including The Beginnings of Agrarian Change: A Case Study in Central Nepal (1996), Food Crisis in Nepal: How Mountain Farmers Cope (1999), The New Lahures: Foreign Labour Migration and Remittance Economy of Nepal (2001) and Pokhara: Biography of a Town (2002). He has also edited or co-edited over a half dozen books on themes related to poverty, environmental justice and urbanization.

Table of contents

Introduction 1

Mobility and Agrarian Change in Central Nepal 17

Rural Livelihoods at Risk: Determinants of the Abilities of Nepali Hill Farmers to Cope with Food Deficiency (With Hans-Georg Bohle) 41

Urbanization, Government Policies and Growing Food Insecurity in Kathmandu Metropolis (With Hans-Georg Bohle) 105

A Socio-ecological Analysis of the Loss of Public Properties in an Urban Environment: A Case Study of Pokhara 173

Environmental Justice for Sustainable Livelihoods: A Grassroots Perspective 209

Urbanization, Government Policies and Growing Social and Environmental Problems in Pokhara 233

The Significance of Towns in Rural Development: A Case Study from Western Nepal 289

Living on a Tightrope: Adaptive Strategies of Grassroot Development Workers in a Maoist-conflict Area 319

References 33

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