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02 October 2014
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SUSTAINABLE FARMING
Good food from dry land

Across 20 villages of Bankura and Birbhum districts in West Bengal, 800 families are learning to farm dry land anew in a sustainable manner, resulting in increased income, better health and nutritional outcomes, and food security. Ajitha Menon reports from Bankura.

Food Security Organic Women's Health

100 DAYS OF MODI GOVT
There are more things in heaven and earth than stock markets!
The media frenzy over Narendra Modi’s first 100 days in office is complemented by the cheer in markets, but Devinder Sharma sounds a caveat against judging the performance of the government by the standards of markets alone.
Government opinions Economy Devinder Sharma OP-ED

LAND ACQUISITION ACT
All set to lose out on the gains?
News reports and statements from various quarters apparently point towards possible dilution of the new land acquisition law passed in 2013, resulting in less safeguards for affected owners and communities. Kanchi Kohli summarises the key debates around the likely changes.
Livelihood Government Land Laws

BUDGETING FOR AGRICULTURE
How about smart villages, Mr Modi?
For over two decades now, agriculture has suffered overall neglect as successive governments, led by World-Bank prescribed growth models, have issued disproportionate doles to industry. While the present allocations do not spell much hope, Devinder Sharma suggests what the Modi government may still do to reverse the trend.
Economy Devinder Sharma Agriculture Policy

SEED EXCHANGE
A silent revolution brewing on our farms
An increasing number of farmers from across the country are flocking to the annual rice sharing festival in Tamil Nadu, where a whopping number of traditional rice seed varieties are exchanged and subsequently cultivated in different locales. Devinder Sharma reports from the 2014 event.
Food Security Devinder Sharma

AGRICULTURE REFORMS
Can farmers look ahead to “acche din” as well?
Narendra Modi’s attention to the woes and plight of farmers during election campaigning has raised a lot of hope for improvement among members of the beleaguered community, but can he deliver? Devinder Sharma presents an 11-point prescription for turning the agricultural sector around.
Economy Farmer Suicides Government Devinder Sharma

COAL ASH MENACE
Ash everywhere; in your food and water, too?
Fly ash, the residue from coal used in thermal power plants, is not only a headache for plant operators; its use in agriculture and other sectors violates environmental sanctity and poses a serious risk to human health. Shripad Dharmadhikary studies a new CEA report to bring us more.
Energy Environment

ELECTIONS 2014
NaMo-RaGa brand war drowns out Assam’s cries
The ruling government has seen limited success in some areas, but the state's lingering needs seem to have been forgotten in the war of personalities ahead of the looming parliamentary elections. Ratna Bharali Talukdar has more.
Elections Government ASSAM

FOOD TRADITIONS
Looking beyond the spread on our tables
Overcoming our ignorance of the richness of traditional food options, and imbibing the culinary cultures of those who live in harmony with nature could signify a giant step towards food and nutritional security, says Devinder Sharma after his visit to a tribal food fest.
Food Security Organic Adivasis

GM CONTROVERSY
Seeds of doubt
The effect of GM crops on food, agriculture and farmers continues to be highly controversial, polarising scientists and policy-makers alike. Darryl D'Monte outlines some of the recent turns in the debate to show that the truth, perhaps, lies somewhere in between.
GM Crops Farmer Suicides Poverty

THE COLDIRETTI DEBATE
Lessons from Italy for the Indian farmer
Italian farmer group Coldiretti is ushering in a new paradigm in farming, and has emerged as a powerful lobby for the interests of the small farmer. Keya Acharya reports on the campaign and wonders if Indian agriculture can emulate the same.
Organic Livelihood Agriculture Policy

TEA CULTIVATION
Big hopes from small tea
The Assamese small tea sector has seen impressive growth over a relatively short span of time, thanks to the efforts of growers and support from the Tea Board. All it needs now is state support to take it to the next level, reports Ratna Bharali Talukdar.
Livelihood ASSAM

GENE CAMPAIGN CHARTER
What could make our farmers more prosperous?
Despite India's reliance on the agrarian sector, a serious farming and food crisis persists due to lack of government action and policy indifference. On its 20th anniversary, Gene Campaign releases a Charter of Demands to form the basis of an advocacy programme for bountiful farming, prosperous farmers and healthy food.
Food Security Agriculture Policy

 

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Electronic land
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Challenging broad spectrum patents
Protecting farmers, freeing the breeders
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Zero tolerance for farm subsidies
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