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Agriculture: Sustainable Agriculture

Article Innovations for sustainable development in agriculture
With Rachel Carson's book, <i>Silent Spring</i>, the hazards of chemical pesticides were exposed paving the way for a new environmental movement that encouraged eco-friendly products. <b><i>OneWorld South Asia</i></b> spoke to four distinguished speakers and sought their views at the 5th International Conference on Biopesticides currently on in the Indian capital.
Article Book on sustainable agriculture launched
Sustainet - Sustainable Agricultural Information Network, launched a book “Sustainable Agriculture: A Pathway out of Poverty for India’s Rural Poor” at a city hotel in August 2007.
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Agriculture: Climate Change

Article CSE organises ‘Climate Talkies’ exhibition in Warsaw
It is the only exhibition of its kind during the 19th Conference of Parties (CoP) and was opened by CSE with the support of the Heinrich Boll Foundation.
Article Intensify efforts to arrest global warming, urges report
The 2013-Gap Report strengthens case for wide-ranging global action to close emissions gap.
Article Himalayas more vulnerable to Short-Lived Pollutants
The ice and snow covered areas are warming at more than twice the global average rate, a new scientific study said.
Article New global treaty cuts mercury emissions and releases
Japan became one of the first countries to sign Minamata Convention on Mercury in Kumamoto
Article Banking on grain to fight climate change
While grain banking has ensured relief from moneylenders, seed banking, too, has provided economic sustenance, writes Ajitha Menon.
Article Indian ministry for mandatory compliance of RPOs
India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has pushed for Mandatory Compliance of RPOs (Renewable Purchase Obligations) to achieve renewable energy targets.
Article Human activity will further warm the earth: IPCC
IPCC has confirmed that human activity will further warm the earth, with dramatic effects on weather, sea-levels and the Arctic.
Article Time to act to save climate change vulnerable regions
The scientific debate is over, says a network of Members of Parliament called the Climate Parliament. Now it’s down to politicians and policy makers to ensure we avoid a global catastrophe.
Article Climate change: Indians least willing to act, says a survey
A major regional survey on climate change finds that Indians are least willing and able to take action.
Article Next 30 years to see more frequent heat waves
More-severe summer heat waves will go from being essentially absent in the present day to covering around 3% of the global land surface, a new study says.
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Agriculture: Agri-technology

Article Indian Govt puts on hold clearances for GM crop trials
The decision was taken by the environment ministry in view of an ongoing case in the Supreme Court on GM crops.
Article Indian farmers need to upgrade standards of production: Dutch expert
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.
Article Agri-value chains bring prosperity to Himalayan farmers
Agri-value chains are bringing prosperity to small apple farmers of Uttarakhand by helping them market their produce more efficiently.
Article Collection centres empower small farmers
There is a silent revolution happening in the apple hills of India. An initiative to empower the small farmers of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh has taken root wherein they are setting up joint venture companies. Six such companies, initially funded by an investor, are on the ground and the farmers eventually hope to own them once the money is repaid back to the investor.
Article Using ICTs to hunt better markets for apple farmers
Shri Jagdamba Samiti (SJS), a Rishikesh based NGO, is engaged in the task of empowering small apple farmers in the North Indian states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, by enabling farmers to move up the economic chain. Vikram Singh, Senior Executive, ICT and Value Chain, at SJS, advocates that ICTs could be an effective tool for imparting farm related inputs to farmers to make the reap a quality harvest.
Article Withdraw biotech regulator bill: Indian Parliamentarians
Indian legislators have strongly opposed the proposed biotech regulatory bill calling it contrary to the national interests and giving in to the interests of large MNCs.
Article Now, genetically modified cows without horns
The genetically modified dairy cow will be identical in every respect to existing livestock but without the horns and their associated safety risks.
Article Indian legislators urged to reject biotech regulator bill
The UPA government has ignored the voices of the public by introducing this bill, said Neha Saigal, Campaigner, Sustainable Agriculture, Greenpeace India.
Article Rural technology platform for sugarcane farmers
The Sugarcane Information System (SIS) is a technical platform to streamline interaction between farmers, sugar mills and societies through SMS, IVRS and web portals that provide free of cost services and information to farmers in Uttar Pradesh.
Article Anti-GM group backs claims with scientific evidence
The coalition for a GM Free India has released a compilation of research papers as evidence of the adverse impacts of genetically modified crops.
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Agriculture: Agri-business

Article Indira award hails farming as unifying force: Swaminathan
India must work towards insulating its farmers from climate variability and price volatility to ensure food security, said Dr M S Swaminathan.
Article Govt will focus on agriculture diversification: Indian PM
The Indian Premier said that government will focus on diversification of agriculture and take efforts for developing agriculture as per agro-ecological regions.
Article Conference on Uttarakhand recognises agri leaders
Harish Rawat, India’s Union Minister for Water Resources, confers awards for outstanding contribution to rural India at the Rebuilding Uttarakhand conference.
Article Organising farmers to connect with consumers
A session on ‘Farm to Fork’ during the conference on ‘Rebuilding Uttarakhand’, listed various impediments in the way of farmers exploiting the marketplace, with the idea of organising farmers into any forms of grouping coming out trumps.
Article SC expert committee for withholding GM field trials in India
The committee has suggested the withholding of the field trials of GM crops until a revamping of the system with biosafety as the main mandate is done.
Article India’s food security scheme unviable, says trade body
According to Fertiliser Association of India, India’s food security scheme cannot be executed successfully unless farming is made profitable.
Article Indian farmers need to upgrade standards of production: Dutch expert
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.
Article Agri-value chains bring prosperity to Himalayan farmers
Agri-value chains are bringing prosperity to small apple farmers of Uttarakhand by helping them market their produce more efficiently.
Article Collection centres empower small farmers
There is a silent revolution happening in the apple hills of India. An initiative to empower the small farmers of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh has taken root wherein they are setting up joint venture companies. Six such companies, initially funded by an investor, are on the ground and the farmers eventually hope to own them once the money is repaid back to the investor.
Article Using ICTs to hunt better markets for apple farmers
Shri Jagdamba Samiti (SJS), a Rishikesh based NGO, is engaged in the task of empowering small apple farmers in the North Indian states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, by enabling farmers to move up the economic chain. Vikram Singh, Senior Executive, ICT and Value Chain, at SJS, advocates that ICTs could be an effective tool for imparting farm related inputs to farmers to make the reap a quality harvest.
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Governance: Transparency

Article Fight is for changing system, not power: Team Anna
Team Anna on Friday said its political alternative will not compromise on corruption, holding their fight is for changing the system and not power.
Article Indian PM to review RTI Act
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has ensured a critical review of Right to Information Act to streamline corruption and unaccountability in the government.
Article Afghanistan's minerals can bring prosperity
Anti-corruption campaigner Eleanor Nichol calls for transparency in governance and aid as Afghanistan gears up to extract $3 trillion worth of minerals over the next three years. Right systems in place can bring revenue benefits to its impoverished populace, she argues.
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Governance: Accountability

Article How many officials does it take to procure a government document?
Literature on red tape often tries to distinguish ‘good’ rules that uphold accountability and transparency, and guard one against arbitrary decisions and decision-makers from bad rules or red tape, writes Mehjabeen Jagmag.
Article Use RTI for proper development: Indian Minister
RTI is a tool by which every citizen has a legal right to know the amount sanctioned for various developmental projects, said Manish Tewari, India’s minister for Information and Broadcasting Minister.
Article Pranab Mukherjee praises RTI on completing 8 years
The Right to Information Act was enacted to secure access to information held by and under the control of government and public authorities in order to promote transparency.
Article Manifesto of the not-yet-franchised
Young people, boys and girls, from across India came up with a 11-point manifesto reminding the government and the UN to move towards inclusive and sustainable growth.
Article Making accountability the mantra for civil society
A National Consultation being organised by Credibility Alliance in September will delve into a host of issues around the ethical necessity of institutional structures and systems for transparency and accountability in the voluntary sector.
Article Litigation beyond poor man's reach: Indian apex court
"The legal profession, once known as a noble profession, has been converted into a commercial undertaking. Litigation,” the apex court said.
Article Indian govt okays Judicial Appointments Commission
Under the new proposal, the government seeks to set up a panel headed by the Chief Justice of India (CJI) to appoint and transfer senior judges.
Article Convicted Indian MPs to retain seats with no voting rights
The proposal, in the form of Amendments to the Representation of People Act, will ensure that a lawmaker cannot be disqualified after conviction.
Article Janaagraha launches Hindi version of ‘IPaidABribe.Com’
The Website is being launched with the aim to make it easier for Hindi speaking citizens to report their experiences of bribery.
Article Now, RTI filing in India available online
At present, this facility is available only for 40 ministries, departments and commissions.
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