Sustainable Economic Development in Asia:The Case of India

Research Project , Research Report 2003

Toru Iwami Professor, School of Economics, the University of Tokyo


From the1990s, India has experienced higher economic growth, and thereby increased possibility of overcoming the “poverty trap.” Population growth has decelerated, while the food production accelerated; even over-production of food is reported. However, a large number of the poor is still on the verge of huger, as a result of the huge income gap. Increased food production has led to environmental damages such as exploitation of groundwater. To solve these problems, active engagement of the government, together with proper implementation of the public policies, are required.


sustainability, economic growth, poverty, population, food.