Book title: Beginning of Agriculture and Domestication in India
Author(s): Vasudha Pant
ISBN: 9788182748897
Publication Year: 2016
Binding: HB
Pages: 226
Price: Rs. 1895
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About the Book:

Humans have been living in close proximity to plants from the beginning and that has deeply influenced their social, economic, religious and scientific ideas, indicated by the ethno-archaeological evidences. During the early phases, human used wild, tubers, leaves fruits and grains as his food, but after keen observation he learnt how the plants get germinated in different seasons and climatic conditions. Thus, he could find out some of the useful ones for domestication and cultivation. In human history, introduction of agriculture played the most crucial role, for several inventions were made along with the beginning of agriculture. 

India is a country of the varied geoclimatic conditions, having different potential for cultivation of crop. This book reviews how and domestication process and agriculture based on the rice, wheat, millets, pulses, etc. started in India. While some of these are indigenous, others were introduced from other parts of the world.  

The book is structured in 12 chapters, each being independent by itself, but these collectively present the history of human-plant interaction in India, primarily based on the archaeobotanical evidences. Despite of it being a technical subject, it has been dealt in a very lucid and simple manner to provide maximum information for the benefit of general reader. Thus, in the first five chapters, the process of beginning of agriculture from the non-archaeological primitive background has been reviewed in the global context. The subsequent chapters are devoted to the beginning of agriculture in different regions of the Indian subcontinent, starting from Indus valley, north India, east and northeast India, central India and the Deccan, Ganga Valley and the Vindhya and the peninsular south. The book concludes with the recapitulation of the main topics taken up in the study.

About the Author:

Dr. Vasudha Pant is agriculture post-graduate from the G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology. She pursued her study for Ph.D at the CIMAP (Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants) and received doctorate from the Lucknow University. 

Dr Pant is presently based at Almora, contributing in the development of the region, using local plant resources. She is associated with several organisations in the hill region, including Lok Vigyan Kendra, and has worked for the conservation of local traditional knowledge system and its relevance in the present socioeconomic scenario.  She has been involved in the intensive research on this topic, organizing various events on it. 

Among her other research-oriented activities, Dr. Pant has been contributing towards creating awareness among small farmers to conserve their biocultural knowledge and their crop varieties. To that end, she is associated with the Lok Chetna Manch, Ranikhet, which has launched a project called `SIFOR` (Smallholder Innovation for Resilience). Besides, she is also associated with the Green Hills Trust, which works for the protection of environment in the sub-Himalayan region of Uttarakahnd. She also manages a commercial organization -- Chitai Naturals -- which works for creating sustainable livelihood opportunities with local resources.

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