Socio Economic and Policy Issues in Abiotic Stress Management

  • K. Kareemulla
  • C. A. Rama Rao


Abiotic stress and biotic stress are the two broad factors that constrain the growth in agricultural productivity needed for economic development of developing countries such as India. The importance of abiotic stress is likely to increase with wide spread land degradation because of various physical, biological and chemical processes and the projected impacts of climate change will further accentuate the ill effects of abiotic stress. A number of demographic and economic factors have been responsible for degradation of natural resources that predisposes crop plants to abiotic stress. Abiotic stress is different from biotic stress in that the two principal factors, soil and climate, involved are difficult to be manipulated and in that the incidence is more covariate. These two dimensions make abiotic stress more difficult to be managed. While the governments are now better placed in terms of having more resources and better technical and scientific capabilities to deal with impacts of abiotic stress, the households and regions within countries continue to be more vulnerable. What is required is a strategy that coordinates technical and institutional measures to be taken up by different stake holders at varying scales.


Abiotic Stress Water Scarcity Land Degradation Degraded Land Rural Poor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Central Research Institute for Dryland AgricultureHyderabadIndia

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