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Ecological balance crucial for food security in India: Shyam Khadka, FAO

May 30, 2016 12:25 PM Shyam Khadka, the representative of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations in India, believes that South Asia with its huge population load will be a driving force for global SDGs particularly from the point of poverty reduction and food security. Excerpts from an exclusive interview to OneWorld South Asia:

Indian agriculture needs greater entrepreneurship: IFAD's Ashwani Muthoo

Jul 16, 2015 01:45 PM There is a strong need for value addition of the farm produce, asserts Ashwani Muthoo of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
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Enough evidence to show that GM foods are harmful for human health

Dec 19, 2014 10:19 AM In reality, there is no scientific evidence to prove that genetically-modified foods are not harmful for your health, writes Devinder Sharma.

India needs a National Farmers Income Commission

May 24, 2014 01:00 PM Policy Analyst Devinder Sharma strongly advocates that the income a farmer earns in India should be de-linked from the price that his crops fetch in the market.

DSDS is truly a Davos style meeting: Bindu Lohani

Apr 02, 2014 12:12 PM Dr Bindu N Lohani, Vice President, Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, Asian Development Bank, Philippines, spoke to OneWorld South Asia on the sidelines of DSDS-2014 in New Delhi. Excerpts from the interview.
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Nutritional insecurity is a big challenge for India: Peter Kenmore

Mar 05, 2014 08:30 AM Peter E Kenmore, Representative in India of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), spoke to OneWorld South Asia on the sidelines of DSDS-2014 in New Delhi. Excerpts from the interview.
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Indian farmers need to upgrade standards of production: Dutch expert

May 24, 2013 11:30 PM Wim Van Den Berg, Director of the Netherlands-based company, Van Amerongen CA Technology, said that Indian farmers would need to have better contacts with the market to raise their profits.
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Indian agriculture needs an integrated approach: Sanjeev Chopra

May 20, 2013 09:45 AM Sanjeev Chopra, Joint Secretary, Agriculture Ministry & Mission Director, National Horticulture Mission, in an interview to OneWorld South Asia, said that agricultural growth in India can be a proven route to faster eradication of hunger and poverty.

Bringing entrepreneurship to the doorstep of farmers

May 16, 2013 11:30 AM Laxmi Prakash Semwal, Chairman of Shri Jagdamba Samiti (SJS), a Rishikesh-based NGO, believes that a business-driven model can not only empower marginalised farmers but can also promote sustainable socio-economic development. OneWorld South Asia speaks to the man behind the apple project in Uttarakhand. Excerpts from the interview.

Ensuring a profit for the small farmer

May 16, 2013 10:30 AM Stichting Het Groene Woudt (SHGW), a Dutch family foundation, promotes sustained economic development in rural areas of developing countries like India. Dipankar Borah representing SHGW in India, in an interview to OneWorld South Asia, says that consumers can enjoy better quality products if the farmers are assured of a price for their produce. Excerpts from the interview.
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Innovative strategies bridge the farmer-consumer gap

May 15, 2013 07:45 AM Himalayan NGO, Shri Jagdamba Samiti (SJS), is engaged in the task of empowering small apple farmers in the North Indian states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, by enabling them to move up the economic chain. Tarini, Manager, Inclusive Business Development, at SJS, in an interview to OneWorld South Asia, said that innovative strategies can go a long way in bringing added value to the farmers. Excerpts from the interview.
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Climate change challenge offers opportunities: Renu Swarup, Biotechnologist

Feb 19, 2013 07:00 AM Renu Swarup, Advisor, Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, India, talks to Ashok Kumar of OneWorld South Asia on the sidelines of a global conference held in New Delhi recently.
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India's farmers are highly vulnerable to climate change impacts

Feb 03, 2013 05:05 PM The potential of the Mahatama Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), can be tapped to increase the adaptive capacities of communities to fight climate change, says Ilona Porsché, Project Director, GIZ, on the sidelines of a DSDS-2013 conference organised by The Energy and Resources Institute. Excerpts...
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As in the West, Indian farmers too need direct income support: expert

Nov 30, 2012 10:45 AM Chatting with Ashok Kumar from One World South Asia, Policy Analyst Devinder Sharma explained how flawed policies goad Indian farmers to suicide.

"Farmers have knowledge deficit"

Oct 03, 2012 10:55 AM The Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative (IFFCO) has formed Vision-2015, a comprehensive plan through which it will bring about strategies that will help prevent climate change by reducing energy consumption, improve resource management and promote renewable energy resources. Managing director Dr US Awasthi shares with OneWorld South Asia how the company will translate its vision into reality. Excerpts from the interview.

"We are engaged in improving the lot of rural communities"

Oct 03, 2012 03:30 AM Sustainable rural development through effective farm services has been the guiding principle at the Krishak Bharati Cooperative Ltd (KRIBHCO), a Rs 4,000 crore conglomerate. The initiative aims at enhancing the livelihood of communities in over 2,500 villages across eight states. Managing Director of KRIBHCO, BD Sinha shares with OneWorld South Asia's Rakesh Sood how KRIBHCO has been lending a helping hand to the Indian farmer.

"The question arises why are we continuously producing and procuring food stock, when we are not using it efficiently for the welfare of the poor?"

Oct 01, 2012 10:10 AM In an exclusive column for OneWorld South Asia, P K Joshi, Director- South Asia of the International Food Policy Research Institute, India; talks about how growing food stock and major mis-management in India has led to many problems, the most problematic being the poor going hungry despite surplus food stock. He asks for immediate action, especially in terms of a change in trade policy.

Mist clears on 40 per cent food wastage

Oct 01, 2012 09:05 AM A nation-wide study by the Central Institute of Post-Harvest Engineering and Technology has come up with surprisingly low figures for food wastage for 46 agricultural produces in India. This contrasts with the 40 per cent figure being quoted for food wastage while arguing for FDI in retail.
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Unraveling Punjab's farmer suicides

Dec 16, 2011 06:35 PM In an email-interview, author Inderjeet Singh Jaijee talks to OneWorld about his latest book, Debt and Death in Rural India, drawing from the research of his late daughter to uncover the not-so-popular story of farmers’ suicides in the affluent north Indian state of Punjab.
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"Corruption has fuelled India's economic growth": Devinder Sharma

Jan 28, 2011 06:35 PM Leading agriculture columnist and food policy analyst, Devinder Sharma, talks to OneWorld South Asia about the pressing farm crisis, the next steps for MGNREGA and how he thinks rampant corruption has fuelled India's economic growth.
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