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SEMINAR: Chasing water? Agriculture and water stress in peri-urban Bangalore, India

Venue: PLAAS Boardroom
Date: 11 Sep 2018
Time: 13:00 to 14:00

Presenter: Dr Bejoy K Thomas 

Fellow (Associate Professor) and Convenor - Centre for Environment and Development at ATREE, Bangalore, India

The fast growing city of Bangalore in Southern India and its peri-urban areas have been experiencing severe water stress over the past few years. The growing water crisis has prompted some commentators to label the city as ‘the next Cape Town’. In this talk, I will look at water stress from the perspective of peri-urban agriculture. I will draw upon insights from extensive socio-hydrological research conducted between 2012 and 2016 in the Arkavathy sub-basin, which used to be the city’s primary water source till the 1970s. I will specifically focus on the role of technology and urbanization and the impact on water resources and cropping pattern using data from household and plot level surveys conducted in 16 villages in the sub-basin. I will conclude by pointing out the implications of the Bangalore case from multiple normative perspectives – equity in access, livelihoods security and resource sustainability.

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