Ram Fishman is an assistant professor of Economics and International Affairs at George Washington University, Washington D.C., and associate researcher at the Center for Globalization and Sustainable Development at the Earth Institute, Columbia University. Ram holds a M.Sc. in Physics from the Weitzman Institute of Science and a Ph.D. in Sustainable Development from Columbia University. Prior to coming to GWU, Ram was a Sustainability Science Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. Ram's research focuses on sustainable agriculture, improved technology adoption and water scarcity in developing countries.
Running out of water, walking away from farming
18 Dec 2013
Groundwater tables are falling in India. What will happen when water actually runs out? This column analyses the impact of water scarcity on farmers in Gujarat. It finds that farmers are failing to or choosing not to adapt to the availability of less water. They are forced to shrink cultivation, leave farming or migrate to cities - thereby, reducing food production.
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