Nature of Land Use and Agricultural Change in Peripheral Regions: A Case Study of Arunachal Pradesh, India

  • Ravi S. SinghEmail author


Peripheral regions have typical developmental challenges. The issue becomes problematic in view of general apathy toward them revealed through their ‘negligence’ in development discourse. The studies on Northeast India, especially Arunachal Pradesh, which lies in the extreme northeastern part of India, are predominantly anthropological (and ethnographical). Such a treatment could be justified on various grounds; at the same time, it provides the academic rationale to attempt an analysis of land use shaped by a number of inhabiting ethnic communities while interacting with their natural surroundings in respective habitats and the intraregional pattern of agricultural change that has been mainly introduced by the governmental agencies. This state is by and large mountainous with an aggregate of 61.57 % of the geographic area being forested. The region experiences (hot-humid) subtropical conditions in the southern foothills to an alpine-type climate in the northern high-altitude mountains. Analyses presented in this study are based on secondary sources, mainly the Statistical Abstract of Arunachal Pradesh for different years. The unit of analysis considered in this exercise is district. The discussions are further supported by the author’s personal field experience and observations during his fairly long stay in the region.


Agriculture Change Development Land Use Modernization Arunachal Pradesh (India) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Geography, Faculty of ScienceBanaras Hindu UniversityVaranasiIndia

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