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.
The directions issued by the court include mid-day meals during summer vacation, addition of egg or milk to the mid-day meal menu and universal access to food-grain ration.
Given the challenges of climate change, deep agrarian distress and malnutrition, it is time to learn from a knowledge system that is built on the experiences of farmers.
Farmers’ children have taken their own lives in the past, but newspaper reports indicate that the incidence has spiked in the past two years.
The average land given to the rural landless is small and falling, from 0.95 acres in 2002 to 0.88 acres in 2015—a 7.4% drop over 13 years–and a slowdown is evident in the process of taking land away from rich landlords
World rice production is expected to decline for the first time this year since 2010, as failing rains linked to an El Nino weather pattern cut crop yields in Asia’s rice bowl.
Mallika Kaur speaks with human rights activist Inderjit Singh Jaijee about the government’s apathy towards farmer suicides and the agrarian crisis in Punjab.
While drought is a manmade disaster, the consecutive scanty rainfall in Maharashtra over the last few years has worsened the water crisis.
With Brazil’s soybean sector thriving and its political establishment in crisis, the nation’s commitment to slowing climate change will be severely tested.
The proposed law will benefit landowners and tenants while freeing up large tracts of land kept fallow by owners for fear of losing it if leased.
The Food Corporation of India should explore the new platform as a means of sourcing wheat and paddy as it will not only help bring transparency in the system but will also facilitate the direct transfer of minimum support price payments.
The amended bill goes against Supreme Court directives and will be hurtful to farmers, Congress members said.
The new indebtedness bill in Punjab is reminiscent of previous laws – much celebrated and never used.
The lack of irrigation facilities and uncertain weather had come down hard on Maharashtra’s pomegranate farmers
The current policies and systems of implementation result in heavy losses and are a huge disservice to farmers and consumers. Former prime minister Manmohan Singh once remarked in an interview that “we are a democracy but we are also an indisciplined democracy.” I think he was referring to our […]
A NASA image shows how burning crop land after a harvest continues to be extremely prevalent in India
The Sutlej-Yamuna Link Land Bill 2016 will help chief minister Parkash Singh Badal gain political mileage but it will not help the state solve its water woes.
RSS-affiliates Swadesh Jagran Manch and Bharatiya Kisan Sangh have pushed the government to cut royalty on Bt cotton seeds and the cap on the price of the seeds.
Three decades of primary data collection in different parts of South Asia, secondary research and inter-disciplinary analysis has resulted in this extensive collection of essays by Bina Agarwal on gender and rural development.
Action now shifts to the states which will have the first real opportunity to react to a new, and still evolving fiscal landscape
Ashok Gulati, Chair Professor for agriculture at ICREAR, tell The Wire why this budget is insignificant for reducing farmers’ distress, in spite of all the talk.
A round-up of The Wire’s coverage of this year’s Union Budget. We examine everything from the historical and economic context of the budget to the nitty gritty of how the government will implement its promises.
Agriculture has become unviable not because it is unproductive or does not pay enough but because it has deliberately been kept impoverished for many years
Jaitley said he was making a record allocation to NREGA but the increase is a modest one in real terms and is even more suspect if one considers the backlog from previous year, particularly of delayed wages.
The state and central governments are likely to increase the focus on agriculture in their budgets. But the question remains: when will farmers receive the benefits of all these plans and programmes, and more importantly, how will they overcome the present crisis?
The Economic Survey, which is a precursor to the budget, makes the right noises about what is wrong with the agriculture sector, but does not come up with any policy back-ups.
The agricultural sector has been neglected when in fact it has the potential to reboot the economy. Arun Jaitley’s focus should therefore be on revitalising agriculture. Budget 2016 provides the opportunity to do this.
It is the first such order to come to light across the country where community rights of tribals have been summarily cancelled after being granted through process laid down in the FRA.
In 2015, Bundelkhand was hit by unseasonal rains and a prolonged drought. The Centre, and UP and MP state governments must act soon to help the region as food and potable water resources are fast depleting.
No matter what crop may be cultivated – rice, wheat or any other – the challenge lies in getting a good yield. A good harvest means a little more money into the farmer’s pocket. Across the country, emphasis is being placed on increasing crop yield. In Kashmir’s Poonch […]
Chitrakoot (UP): In the drought-affected Basiniha village in Uttar Pradesh’s Chitrakoot district, the situation is so bad that the villagers survive on a single roti a day. Despite this, Munni Devi was not eager to take up employment at a NREGA work site when an offer was recently […]
Wayanad has a rice variety for every situation. Many of them may be on their way out, but local farmers and biodiversity scientists have determined that a panchayat-led effort is our best chance at getting them back. The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami left paddy farmers in affected countries […]