This volume is a compilation of learned papers/ articles contributed by prominent experts, dealing comprehensively with various issues relating to rural development. It also aims at focussing on the process of social and economic change in the rural sector. This work caters to the academic interest of varied faculties as it represents the labour of professionals from various streams of life and experience. That thrust areas covered by the book include: Basic aspects of rural development; Rural development programmes; Strategies of rural development; Rural Communities; Rural credit; Rural transportation; Rural marketing; Rural enterpreneurship; and Agro-based industries, etc. This book is likely to prove highly useful to Academicians, Policy-planners, Professionals, Managers working in the field of development of rural sector and also to all those interested in the problems and prospects of rural sector.