Many African countries are still searching for inclusive commercial farming models that can bring in private investment without dispossessing local people.
Community seed banks can enhance the resilience of farmers’ by securing access to diverse, locally adapted crops and varieties.
Only about 1.6% of the total waste generated by cities is being composted and fertiliser companies are reluctant to market it, saying it affects their fertiliser sales.
Apart from economic gains and increased production, mixed cropping has helped a Tamil Nadu farmer save on water for irrigation – a precious resource in the drought ridden region.
Inadequate freshwater supply from rivers and saline ingress has dealt a double blow to the rice farmers of Kole paddy lands in Kerala even as the state tries to cope with a severe drought.
The Indian Ocean Dipole phenomenon – which counters the impact of an El Nino – will have an incremental positive effect on the Indian monsoon, the chief said.
Farmers in the southern reaches of Pudukottai district in Tamil Nadu have turned to agroforestry to boost incomes after falling groundwater levels and overuse of chemical fertilisers made agriculture unsustainable in the area.
Climate-smart agriculture involves pursuing sustainable productivity increases while implementing climate adaptation strategies and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Researchers and farmer groups have lauded the KCR government’s proposals, but grass-roots level workers have questioned their sustainability, calling for a more holistic and eco-friendly approach instead.
Having been criticised in the past for failing to predict the monsoons correctly, IMD has said it has now improved its system.
Community managed rice banks which have replaced defunct government managed rice banks in several areas of Patna district in Bihar have released hundreds of Dalit families from the exploitative practices of powerful landlords by ensuring food security during the lean season
A Food and Agriculture Integrated Development Action program implemented independently through a health, education and employment center has transformed Nandangram village in West Bengal by growing high quality farm produce.
Abdul Khadar of Karnataka was awarded by the National Innovation Foundation for developing the device.
A study has found that conditions conducive to the spread of malaria are created when projects that cause land-use change and labour migration are kicked off.
Falling prices and a lack of adequate procurement centres have left tur producers grasping for a way out.
The researchers have now set their sights on developing software to calculate optimum fertiliser amounts for crop fields given other cultivation parameters.
Growing profusely in the state, jackfruit is no longer a neglected crop in God’s own country.
In a country where a majority of the population is engaged in increasingly unviable agriculture, shouldn’t politicians talk about the trade rules that make it so?
From women empowerment to soil health, the UID project, now more than ever, has become a crucial component of the Modi government’s governance agenda.
Mangal Singh continues to display the potential to install many of his turbines, which can lead to a useful reduction in greenhouse gas emissions as well as costs.
The ‘drought fighter’ helps reduce fuel consumption, making crop cultivation cheaper and more efficient.
Residents of Hesatu village have raised a thriving forest over 365 acres of wasteland without intervention from the state or civil society organisations.
The historic Tamil Nadu Agricultural University’s vice chancellor spoke to The Wire about the state of Indian agriculture and what Indian youth and the government can do to improve things.
The rationales behind the surprise move – targeting black money, terror financing and building a cashless economy – have all failed to elicit results. Why then was this exercise undertaken at all?
The VNR-Bihi variety of guava, which often weighs more than half a kilo and has a long shelf life, is being grown by enthusiastic farmers across the country in large numbers for its handsome returns.
Many of the existing benefits and beneficiaries have failed to find protection under the Act, which is limited only to the distribution aspects, ignoring several vital elements such as agriculture, climate change and farmer’s rights.
And while the IITs have been in decline for many years now, some of the MHRD’s exclusivist policies are poised to drive them further into the ground.
Wars in Yemen, northeastern Nigeria and South Sudan have devastated households and driven up prices, while a drought in East Africa has ruined the agricultural economy.
While the planned expenditure on irrigation is commendable, Gulati told The Wire, the major disappointment was the lack of talk on direct benefit transfers.
In many rainfall-scarce areas, groundwater has been exploited to plant water-guzzling crops like paddy and sugarcane, especially in Vidarbha and Rayalaseema.
As the agrarian distress mounts in Punjab, political parties have failed to address the issue in their campaigns even as they trade blame.
Partha and Rekha, who left their city jobs to become organic farmers, are now working to spread awareness on organic produce and make it accessible for all.
Dam-builders seldom keep their promises and the government has failed to stop their infrastructural orgies. We thus have a disease of gigantism on our hands crippling the Chambal’s ecology.
To say that ‘agriculture’ has failed to keep up with the growth that the country has witnessed in the last 15 years is a clever ploy to cover up the neglect that has kept farmers impoverished.
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In 2013-2014, the CPCB spent a mere Rs 8.14 crore on air-quality monitoring for the entire country and this amount was further reduced to Rs 5.45 crore in 2014-2015.
The impact of the contractionary demand shock triggered by the note ban will gradually radiate from cash-intensive activities to virtually every sector of the economy.
Chartered accountant K. Chitra gave up her comfortable job in the city to become an organic farmer. But the process of setting up and running a farm is far from easy, yet she perseveres in her goal to do something for society.
Farmers have little access to marketing facilities, making organic agriculture unviable for many, Dr Narsimhan told The Wire.
A large chunk of India’s farmers continue to depend on commission agents and not formal institutions for credit, thereby relying on cash.