THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
18 DECEMBER 2018
Agriculture
AGRARIAN DISTRESS - II
From mandis to markets : Will this round be any better?

The second attempt of the NDA government to create a market for farmers' produce may not fare much better than the first one, for the same reason - it fails to address the asymmetry of power between the farmers and buyers, writes Kannan Kasturi.

Agricultural Trade

IRRIGATION PROJECTS
Why doesn't the CAG look at its own past work?
It is only by looking back at its own history of audit findings that the constitutional auditor can draw attention to policy decisions that were flawed at the very beginning, says Himanshu Upadhyaya.

Public Funds
AGRARIAN DISTRESS
The missing ‘market’ for agriculture
The first of a three part series on the crisis facing farmers today, by Kannan Kasturi.

Agricultural Trade Farmer Suicides
TELANGANA'S FARMERS
Registration of informal land sales
Telangana’s free registration of plain paper land sale initiative to digitally clean up its land records not only benefits its dispossessed farmers but makes land governance transparent, reports Manipadma Jena.

Land Telangana
MGNREGA
What's working, what's not
The uneven performance of MGNREGA in the task of rural asset generation requires a careful comparison of the decision making processes involved in those cases where the works undertaken have produced value and where it has failed to, writes Pavan Kulkarni.

Labour Issues Public Funds
BIO-DIVERSITY ACT
Withering public consultations
Per Biological Diversity Act, 2002 before using any Indian biological material for commercial or R&D purposes, public consultation is needed via the local Biodiversity Management Committees (BMCs), which the National Biodiversity Authority wants to do away with. Kanchi Kohli and Shalini Bhutani ask why.

Environment Biodiversity
STATUS OF GROUND WATER
Extraction exceeds recharge
Last month, the Bombay High Court passed an order to shift IPL matches scheduled for the month of May out of the state of Maharashtra citing an acute water shortage in some parts of the state for its decision. PRS Legislative Research, answers some basic questions about ground water and its depletion in our country.

Water
SUSTAINABLE FOOD
Rays of hope for the ‘local’ in Meghalaya
Even as many pockets of the state, including its capital, battle the ravages of development and consumerism, a couple of villages visited by the author stand as examples of resilient local economies and lifestyles. Aditya Vikram Rametra describes what he saw here.

Biodiversity Adivasis
UN DEVELOPMENT MANDATE
How sustainable are the SDGs?
Can we look at ending poverty without looking at the structural reasons and dimensions of poverty and inequality? Pradeep Baisakh looks at this and at other objectives within the UN SDG framework and analyses how realistic their achievement would be.

Environment Government Poverty
MAGIC OF WADI
Wadi: A model for sustainable tribal livelihood
Amongst the various models for sustainable livelihoods being tried and tested in the tribal areas of India, the Wadi model has shown a lot of promise. Abhijeet Mohanty, Kieran Robson and Rosie Clarkson, find out why and how the Wadi model is doing in the tribal areas of Koraput district of Odisha.

Food Security Adivasis
GM MUSTARD
‘Sarso mein IP ka tadka’ leaves local farmers in the dock
As debates around genetically modified (GM) mustard pick up in India, Shalini Bhutani takes a look at the neglected diversity of the oilseed mustard crop on native farmers’ fields and points to the bias of the existing law.

GM Crops Government Opinions
TRIBAL DEVELOPMENT
Reversing fate through love for land, forests and water
Abhijit Mohanty brings us the story of certain tribal villages in Koraput district of southern Odisha that have successfully overcome the challenges posed by denudation and inadequate irrigation and have etched out a path towards food security and well-being.

Forests Adivasis Odisha
FOOD VENTURE
Kerala pioneer eyes new horizons for jackfruit industry
A new food processing company in Kerala proposes to market innovative products, the success of which could well place the largely neglected jackfruit in the focus of attention of bigger players in the state’s food processing industry. Shree Padre reports.

Economy Kerala
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