Areca nut opens up new horizons for Assamese youth
Eco-friendly disposable plates and bowls made from sheaths of the abundant areca nut plant in rural Assam hold great promise for a lucrative industry with global reach. Ratna Bharali Talukdar reports on the enterprise.
EASING FARM WOES
FDI: Neither necessary, nor sufficient
Though FDI in retail is being projected as a cure-all for the ills in the agriculture and food sector,
cites examples from the world over to argue why we should not be pinning our hopes on it.
TRADE OR HUNGER
US-EU spanner in the works of India's food security programme
India's food security bill is on top of the negotiating agenda for the forthcoming WTO Conference at Bali.
explains why the likely compromise in the face of posturing from developed countries could have serious ramifications for food security and
New designs on foreign lands
Cross-border investments to acquire or lease thousands of hectares of lands are taking place, presumably to take advantage of cheaper
input costs in some countries.
FOOD PRICE INFLATION
Watching prices rise, helplessly
The current situation of impotence that the Government finds itself in should prompt some soul searching about the reliance on market mechanisms to
take care of India's food security, writes
Farmers sour on sugar cane
The handling of sugar production, sale and external trade by the government shows a complete absence of strategic planning on an
issue that critically affects the aam aadmi.
FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
ASEAN FTA - a hasty, unbalanced deal
Since Kerala and ASEAN countries both produce several similar items, competition from the latter is a cause of worry in the former.
But the Centre has over-ridden the State's objections to the free trade agreement, writes
GLOBAL ECONOMIC CRISIS
Patterns from the past
The current crisis has some striking similarities with the fallout in India of the Great Depression of 1929-1933.
Indian farmers were pushed deep into debt, and the overall economy suffered, recalls
TRADE IN AGRICULTURE
Outsourcing food production
As food prices rise around the world, the political economy of food is being rewritten, with countries and companies moving to acquire
large tracts of farmland around the world to secure their interests, notes
OPINION: US FARM BILL 2007
Protection at home, preaching abroad
In clear disregard for the ongoing multilateral negotiations, the United States is attempting to protect its already heavily fortified agriculture further. The House of Representatives passed the US Farm Bill 2007 in July, proposing 286 billion dollars of support for American farmers over the next five years.
on the implications.
The Malnad mela
No matter which way India's seed policies are heading, the underlying purpose of
Malnad's home garden programme as a community conservation initiative for the
preservation of genetic diversity, organic agriculture, health and ecologically
sensitive livelihoods remains undiluted.
reports from northern Karnataka.
Timbaktu Organic is scaling up
This year, 160 farmers in Andhra Pradesh's Anantapur district committed 480 acres
for organic production. Two complete cycles of procurement, processing, and
marketing of organic produce in a number of cities have already been completed.
says Timbaktu Organic is expanding.