Shalander is the scientist for Dryland Systems in South Asia at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, and the regional coordinator of CRP Dryland Systems for South Asia. He has worked for more than two decades on analyzing smallholders farming and livestock production systems, value chains, farm systems intensification, conservation agriculture, and climate change and institutional issues. He has over 40 journal articles and more than 75 conference and other publications to his credit.

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Most farmers in Western Rajasthan, India face an uncertain, impoverished future. The region is affected by frequent droughts, over-exploitation of groundwater, deteriorating soil and water quality, low productivity, weak institutions, malnutrition, continuously decreasing landholding size, and a burgeoning population of 28 million. With …

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