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Sustainable Development: Closing The Loop

Sustainable Development: Closing The Loop

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One of the most significant topics for the current time in history is sustainable development. It is a development that complies with the requirements of the present without barring the necessities and opportunities of forthcoming generations. Sustainable development is a diverse subject encompassing various disciplines, providing it both a pragmatic approach and a philosophical base. It focusses on a broad range of interests from corporations to nations to stakeholders because it syndicates environmental safety and economic development into a single system. Sustainable development is linked with the methods for development of long-term activities of humans guaranteeing the harmony of economic, ecological and social equilibrium. Sometimes, the risk associated with the violation of sustainable development principles are of diverse kinds. Nevertheless, the consequences of various unsustainable activities of human beings hurt the ecosystem badly and may impact the survival of upcoming generations. The underlying agenda of this book on sustainable development is to provide detail insight on the principles and prerequisites of sustainable development. In order for us to achieve sustainable development, it must be comprehensive, i.e., it should successfully balance social goals with environmental and economic perspectives.

Prof. Saket Kushwaha, currently the Vice Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University is specialized in resource management and sustainable agriculture development. After his higher studies from Banaras Hindu University, he joined Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi, Nigeria in 1993 and taught various courses on Agriculture Economics and Management at undergraduate, post graduate and Ph.D. level. Prof. Kushwaha rose to the rank of Professor at ATBU in the year 1999 and in 2006 he joined Bananas Hindu University (BHU), India as professor in agriculture economics and became the Vice Chancellor of Lalit Narayan Mithila University for one term 2014-2017. He has more than 100 publications in national and international journals of repute, supervised 24 Ph.D. students and authored 17 books / book chapters. Prof Kushwaha is life member of 10 Professional Bodies and sits in the panel of editorial boards. Worked extensively in the field of Zero Emission Research Initiatives (ZERI) propagating the mission of sustainable development under the aegis of "Waste is Wealth" concept. He is also the recipient of 17 national and international awards which includes award from Sulabh International Gold Medal in 2016 for sanitation management. 27 years of teaching, research, extension and community service experience with 23 years in administration. Handled over 10 national and International projects majorly funded by World Banks. Coordinated USAID project on Cowpea Research Support Programme (CRSP) in Nigeria for 10 years from 1996 to 2006. Working with NGOs and mega agriculture farms for Green Farm Planning.