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Thousands benefit from vegetable farming in Bangladesh
Feb 01, 2010 The homestead vegetables gardens have helped more than 15,000 families of 150 villages in northwestern Bangladesh overcome poverty and achieve economic self-reliance. Earlier most of them were living in abject poverty in the erosion-prone sandy chars.
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India's farm sector fails to get sufficient attention
Mar 30, 2010 Indian farmers are plagued with various challenges related to degraded soil, depleted ground water and stagnant crop yields. Even the prosperous ones are complaining of smaller or stagnated yields due to the liberal use of synthetic fertilisers and the shift in government policies to land and water mining.
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India: Coke plant leaves farms dry
Apr 02, 2010 Since a Coca-Cola bottling plant opened up at Kala Dera in Rajasthan the water table in the semi-arid land has declined significantly, according to a study by India’s Central Ground Water Board. Farmers claim a disaster-like situation has been created, reducing their land to dust.
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Rural livelihoods project brings respite to Bihar's poor
Apr 16, 2010 The Bihar Rural Livelihoods Project, known as JEEViKA, supported by World Bank is aimed at mobilising farmers into SHGs, freeing them from the clutches of local moneylenders and empowering them to retrieve assets, credit and social services such as food and health security. Women have been the biggest beneficiaries.
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Suicides continue alongside intense GM debate
May 25, 2010 On the issue of Genetically Modified seeds, grounds remain divided as critics accuse GM cotton seeds of spiraling farming costs while supporters praise them for higher productivity. However, the rising number of farmer suicides in Vidarbha calls for immediate attention.
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Kerala faces grim food scarcity
Jun 04, 2010 With the gap between production and requirement of food grain widening every year, Kerala’s food scene is turning gloomy. The steeping increase in food prices indicates the state’s large dependence on other states and an urgent need of a mechanism to face the imminent food crisis.
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Continuing drought shrivels hopes
Jan 15, 2010 Increasing spells of dryness for five consecutive years has adversely affected the farming community in India’s north-east. With agricultural production in decline and government run irrigation projects on hold, marginal peasants and their families are turning to other income sources.
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Hill women turn entrepreneurs in India
Jan 18, 2010 Rural women engaged with self-help groups in a north Indian village are the new faces of cooperative business. Starting as a single group, these women went on to set up many agro-eco-based income-generation initiatives, trading surplus food items to local markets, as well as in big cities.
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Bangladeshi farmers exposed to poisonous pesticides
Jan 19, 2010 According to the latest health bulletin, using chemicals on crops without taking proper protective measures has led to thousands of poisonous deaths in Bangladesh. Scientists report that many farmers do not dispose the empty pesticide containers, instead routinely recycle them.
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Distressed Indian farmers sign suicide pact
Jul 02, 2009 After four years of drought, 5,000 farmers in Indian state of Jharkhand have signed a suicide pact. They are complaining that government is not taking any steps to improve their conditions and has in fact turned a blind eye to their plight.
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Ecological farming practices for drought regions
Jul 19, 2010 Greenpeace International's recent publication Ecological farming: Drought Resistant Agriculture discusses effective ways to a more stabilised farming against erratic rainfall patterns. The fact that areas being worst hit are already poor on food security emphasises the need for drought resistant agricultural practices to adapt to the changing climate.
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Organic cotton farming more profitable, says Greenpeace
Jun 16, 2010 Picking Cotton, Greenpeace new report reveals that farmers growing cotton through organic practices have earned 200% more net income than farmers who grew genetically engineered cotton for the year 2009-10. Bt cotton farmers have become more vulnerable to financial collapses, it states.
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Aquaculture grows by leaps and bounds in Bhutan
Jun 29, 2010 Bhutanese farmers are taking up aquaculture to make a living in rural parts of the country. Aided by training and availability of fish fingerlings they have created their own fishery pond; however inaccessibility of motorable road is preventing them from enhancing their farm.
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No banana plantation on forest land
Jul 13, 2010 Sri Lankan conservationists have staunchly protested the Cabinet’s approval to an agricultural firm to convert part of the Chundankadu forest reserve and adjoining land into a proposed banana plantation. Indicating it as an eco-system conservation area, they claim the plantation would threaten local biodiversity.
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Farm road to revive fallow land
Jul 20, 2010 A road connecting Shingkhar village in Bhutan and its isolated hinterland will now facilitate the cultivation of a huge area of fallow land in the region. Besides this, a new milk processing unit and a community forest will strengthen the village economy.
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Laos takes a bug-nutri bite
Jul 29, 2010 United Nations is encouraging bug-eating in Laos to solve the country's high rate of child malnutrition. Popular for hundreds of years in the region, the agency's food and agricultural wing is capitilising on the trend to raise income of local collectors and tackle hunger.
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Urban biofarming: Answer to the world's food insecurity?
Dec 11, 2010 As conventional agriculturural practices fall short of feeding the world's hungry billions, innovations in cell and tissue culture may provide the answer.
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Ethiopian government leasing farmland to international contractors at knockdown rates
Mar 21, 2011 Ethiopia, one of world’s largest recipients of humanitarian aid, has offered three million hectares of virgin land to large-scale foreign corporations at incredibly low cost. With contactors from 36 countries including India, China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia setting up businesses, the country’s Gambella province is now at the centre of the global rush for cheap land.
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Differing hypotheses for methane decline
Aug 11, 2011 Scientists are divided on which human activity - the increased use of natural gas or the use of artificial fertiliser in Asia - is responsible for the decline in the growth of methane in the atmosphere since 1980.
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Fertiliser trees boost African agriculture
Nov 04, 2011 Around 400,000 farmers of southern Africa are growing fertiliser trees to improve their farm yields boosting soil fertility, reveals a study. Fertiliser trees capture nitrogen from the surroundings, restore nutrients and hence increase crop productivity.
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Rice-fish co-culture for profitable farming
Nov 17, 2011 Introducing fish into paddy fields can help farmers earn more money and lessen the environment impact of agricultural chemicals, reveals a study. Fish minimises the need of fertilizers through nitrogen fixation and insect attached to the paddy plants serve as food for fishes.
New genes help rice adapt to deep water
Aug 24, 2009 Japanese scientists have discovered two snorkel genes that allow rice crops in lowland areas to grow even when exposed to heavy floods. By elongating its stem with rising water levels, the high yielding plant variety will help boost crop yield in rain-fed areas of Asia and Africa.
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No relief for drought-hit rural India
Sep 04, 2009 As India struggles with deficient rains, drought-affected poor farming communities across the country are yet to receive any succour. Corruption in government schemes and poor food and water supply have caused rampant starvation, forcing many to migrate to cities.
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Family farming is key to a hunger free world: Lise Grande
Nov 22, 2013 Family farms are the main producers of the foodstuff consumed every day in our meals, says Lise Grande, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in India.
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"Decisions are still made by men, for men": Nisha Agrawal, Oxfam India
Mar 08, 2013 Nisha Agrawal has been the CEO of Oxfam India since March 2008 and has been working on issues of poverty and inequality for decades now. In an interview with OneWorld South Asia she talks about violence against women and how the farming sector is in crisis as people don't realise most farmers are women.
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Zero farming helps Indian farmer restore soil fertility
Jun 18, 2009 Disheartened with drop in yield, a farmer in south India took to ‘zero farming’ to fix the natural balance of the soil. The use of the technique has not only increased food productivity but also transformed the field into a mini-forest, which helps in preserving the natural habitat.
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Dying orange orchards of Bhutan
Jul 20, 2009 For years, orange orchards of Manitar have provided the Bhutanese farmers more than just a livelihood option. But due to the sharp fall in the yield caused by climate change, farmers are abandoning their old profession and venturing into more lucrative businesses.
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Silk for all seasons
Jan 30, 2010 Unpredictable rain patterns and persistent droughts with its damaging effect on seed and cocoon production is compelling muga cultivators in India’s north east to opt for alternative livelihoods. An experiment by a local couple however resulted in a healthy, sustainable and disease-free silk that resists extreme weather.
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India: Healers of the coast
Feb 26, 2010 Local women engaged with self help groups are bringing sustainable changes in the Gulf of Mannar, a narrow strip of land on the southern coast of India. Non-fishing activities are enhancing incomes and local resources are being used in ecologically sensitive ways.
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A farmer finds his key to prosperity
Apr 19, 2010 A local farmer from the hinterlands of south India has set an example for others, by refuting the old perception that farming is unprofitable, and instead employing multi-cropping methods and agricultural integration on his 2.1 acres of land. It has earned him a huge profit as well as an award.
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