Congress and AAP aim to write off farm loans if they come to power in Punjab. But such measures will only be useful only if accompanied by policy reforms like a sustainable farming system and assured monthly income for farmers.
A lack of jobs and an abundant workforce have meant that the agrarian states of India have become tinderboxes waiting to catch fire.
Every autumn in Spiti, shepherds pay villages a fee and have their flock graze in their pastures. This centuries-old tradition is now under threat from climate change.
Outsourcing food production to BRICS countries, and opening up the country to cheaper imports will only destroy food self-sufficiency – and the livelihood of millions.
On World Food Day – October 16 – it is essential that the consequences of the growing concentration of corporate control over seeds, agri-chemicals, food and farming systems be understood for what they are.
Each time a small farmer migrates to an urban area, it equals to one food producer less and one food consumer more.
Fifty years after high yielding variety seeds came to India, a look at how they got here – and what may have happened if they didn’t.
We need to start tilting the playing field back in favour of farmers and the environment.
Almost all the major and medium dams of Maharashtra, including Manjra, Ujani and Terna are overflowing for the first time since 2010.
When used with prudence, drones can be a potential tool to better control our agricultural productivity and to best invest our limited resources.
Excessive rain for the past ten days have led to dams in the region filling up, and has inundated villages. Eight people have reportedly died.
By moving people and businesses to smart villages, revenue, resources and job opportunities will increase in rural India, while cities can decongest.
Anyone for a 2,516-day-old burger?
In times of rural distress, it’s important that the debate around GM technology combines talks about food safety issues with their sociological ramifications.
Paramu from Dindigul in Tamil Nadu has big plans from little seeds.
The need and applicability for AI is more urgent in the remotest areas of the country than in the heart of the capital. Because it is in these remotest areas that the traditional governance systems are totally broken.
Besides increasing productivity, leaders are tasked to find ways of enticing young people into agriculture, especially now that the world’s buzzword is sustainability.
The Shah committee has recommended an overarching National Water Commission be created to encourage a shift in focus from the construction of dams to decentralised management and maintenance of water.
The question to ask is whether it makes environmental sense or effects social justice to ship our dals from across the seas?
The challenge for policymakers is to establish a robust policy architecture that is flexible, forward-thinking and enables farmers to adapt to disruptions.
In a response to a question in parliament, Madhya Pradesh home minister Bupendra Singh also said no farmer committed suicide in the Sehore district because of financial hardship.
To give stagnant agricultural growth a boost, a shift must be made from concentrating on the country’s food security to focusing on the farmers’ income security.
It is with caution that promises and claims of biotechnology must be evaluated, even when signed by a hundred Nobel Laureates. We don’t need rocket science to uncover the politics of technology.
The government did not implement the Swaminathan commission recommendation of an MSP set at 50% over cost as it feared “price distortions in markets”.
Erratic rainfall and unexpected humidity, a fallout of increasingly unpredictable weather due to climate change, is hurting the cultivation and harvest of India’s favourite fruit.
Nanduwali in east Rajasthan started flowing again when the villagers decided to work with nature and not against it. The river is now lifeline to those settled on her banks.
Men going to find jobs in India and the Middle East leaves the women to manage agricultural activities that were traditionally a man’s domain, a job made harder by extreme poverty, which is the result of floods, droughts or earthquakes.
Agriculture in the state needs a new paradigm, one that acknowledges the scarcity of interlinked resources and the costs of their use, and understands how they feature in farmers’ decision-making.
Given the increasing competition for water for different uses like agriculture and domestic supply, it is clear that such problems are likely to increase in the future.
Was the prime minister’s standing ovation for farmers a cruel joke?
As a society, we should be ashamed that year after year, farmers beg for a decent livelihood and are forced to take their lives.
The worst El Nino weather pattern in years has exacerbated the crisis, bringing fresh hardship to Madagascar, a country that sometimes seems to face no end of plagues – from cyclones, floods and locust infestations to political unrest.
A study shows that although water inequality is a natural phenomenon, it is exacerbated and causes drought because water is routed to the already developed, the politically powerful and the economically better-off.
Aflatoxins, moulds that can affect plant crops and raise the risk of liver damage, cancer and blindness, as well as stunting foetuses and infants, are spreading to more areas as a result of climate change.
To improve the lives of farmers and ensure development, stakeholder consultation must be a priority, not simply more intellectual property rights.
The government wants to double farmer incomes by 2022, a feat that it cannot achieve without seriously tackling the current slump in agricultural exports which is having a direct impact on the sale of farming products.
They have left behind young children in villages and are coping with the harsh realities of Mumbai for a daily wage
A pilot project led by the Punjab provincial government is providing farmers with biogas equipment at a subsidised rate.
According to NCRB data for 2014, the suicide rate for ‘housewives’ was more than double that of farmers, though the latter gets far more media attention. What does this really indicate?
The long-standing distinction between rice and wheat agriculture persists and plays an important role in shaping the landscape of sexual attitudes in the country.