The Crisis and the Future

  • Robert Chambers
  • H. D. Dias
  • Barbara Harriss
  • John Harriss
Part of the Cambridge Commonwealth Series book series (CAMCOM)


Our fieldwork was overtaken in its later stages by the crisis in energy and fertiliser supply occasioned by OPEC’s sudden increase in oil prices: between March 1973 and August 1974 freight rates in North Arcot trebled, while fertiliser prices in both India and Sri Lanka rocketed and the problems of the supply of scarce chemical inputs, already introduced in chapter 17, became even more severe. In this chapter some of us set out our results and thinking (not necessarily in complete agreement) on the consequences of fertiliser and other newly acute shortages, and on the design of alternative technologies for the future — given both the likelihood of continuing scarcity and expensiveness of energy and chemical inputs and (so far as North Arcot at least is concerned) the projected growth of rural population and the constraint exercised by limited water resources.


Chemical Fertiliser Green Manure Green Revolution Alternative Technology Freight Rate 
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  • Robert Chambers
  • H. D. Dias
  • Barbara Harriss
  • John Harriss

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