Methods for Integrated Sustainability Assessment: The Case of Small Holder Farming in Karnataka, South India

  • Sheetal Patil
  • Seema Purushothaman


Small farm holders in India face multifold challenges to sustain their livelihoods. Rapid urbanization, increasing cost of cultivation, degraded natural resources, low productivity, and price uncertainties are major challenges that Indian farmers in general and small and marginal ones, in particular, face today. Based on a policy change in the state of Karnataka, in south-western India, the chapter examines potential integrated methods and tools for assessing sustainability of small holder farmers. An integration of potential qualitative and quantitative tools gives a different perspective towards strategies for supporting sustainable farming practices by small holders. The results also suggest that effective policy design, efficient governance structure, and vibrant local institutions are essential for small farmers’ sustainable future.


Integrated assessment Sustainable farming Small farmers Karnataka 


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  • Sheetal Patil
    • 1
  • Seema Purushothaman
    • 1
  1. 1.School of DevelopmentAzim Premji UniversityBangaloreIndia

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