Sustainable Prosperity: A Pathway for a Prosperous Future for All
The alternative approach denotes a paradigm shift from the conventional approach to development. It has a distinctive approach to equity, to biomass production as harvesting the sun and as storing water, to cutting the Gordian knot of dichotomies like the large and the small, exogenous and endogenous ecosystem resources, renewable and non-renewable sources of energy and materials, to people’s participation and empowerment, and lastly to the problem of dispersed industry and non-farm incomes. It is not an approach that stops at rural development, but sees and advocates a transition to a dispersed industrial system based on technologies that are either already field tested and proven or can be within a sufficiently short time span of say 5 to 10 years and do not require frontier area technological breakthroughs. This alternative approach may perhaps be best described as a biomass based strategy for sustainable prosperity.