The scheme's Management Information System destroys local accountability, promotes centralisation and administrative control and gives out wrong data
Promoting input-based enterprises to spread organic farming
Will contract farming law relieve agrarian distress?
It's time we shift farmers' economic burden
In poll-bound MP, Rajasthan, the cow finds space in manifestos, not cowsheds
Farmers are leaving their cattle and cowsheds are in a pitiable condition but they hardly figure in political parties' poll promises
The zero budget farming discord
There is unease over the crusader of natural farming, Subhash Palekar, for renaming the technique after himself
Green and golden Srikakulam
Several efforts are being made to turn Andhra Pradesh’s remote, coastal district green and empower tribals in the process
World Food Day: Preserving food diversity vital to achieve zero hunger by 2030
Increasing production of staple crops such as wheat, rice and maize cannot meet the rising food demand. That is why we need to fall back on traditional foods
Farmers and smartphone politics
Can pre-poll sops like giving smart phones with internet connectivity to farmers increase farm income?
India needs a comprehensive approach to prevent pesticide related suicides
Most persons who engage in suicidal behaviour don't want to die but the government lacks proper data on the incidence of pesticide poisoning to make informed policy decisions
Farmer producer organisations need their very own Amul
Instead of encouraging them on paper, the government has to create a few model FPOs in the country and provide institutional support to them
Will Paul Ehrlich's prediction finally come true?
The Green Revolution may have prevented the fate that was forecasted for a world bursting at the seams and unable to feed itself. But unlimited population growth means that doomsday could be well within sight
The story of National Bamboo Mission
While the restructuring of the earlier Mission is good news, there is much more that needs to be done
Curbing desertification as critical as mitigating climate change impact
Currently, some two billion people are affected by desertification and land degradation; 41 per cent of the landmass worldwide is prone to desertification
A five-point plan to make Buhari’s council on food security a success
Previous attempts to ensure a sustainable food security project have failed in Nigeria. Will this one too?
Agricultural heritage sites join ancient wisdom with modern adaptation
Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System sites can teach us how our ancestors found ways to craft viable landscapes even in very austere environments for centuries
Two seasons of separation and a deep political desperation
It feels good that agriculture features high in political discourse but, again, it is misdirected
The craft of corrupt science
If there is evidence of toxicity in Monsanto’s glyphosate, then why are governments not banning it?
Sustainable agriculture can be key to reducing youth migration in Africa
Agriculture is Africa’s largest employer and a possible solution to its migration problem
Africa has long runways for land restoration to take off
Many African countries have pledged to restore their hundreds of millions of degraded land
Merely increasing PMFBY budget allocation might not help
To make this scheme really attractive for farmers, various serious measures need to be taken
Where will farmers go to get jobs?
There is a significant reduction in farm jobs. India must create alternative opportunities for those abandoning agriculture
Why farmers don't have electoral clout
Although farmers vote at least as much, if not more than industrial workers or urban middle classes, elections are not fought around farmers' issues
Can gasification be the solution to crop burning?
Biomass gasification can not only prevent air pollution from burning crop residues, but also increase farmers’ income and manage municipal waste
Soil fertility is not the only measure of soil health
At the ongoing International Permaculture Convergence, experts discussed how the modern farming system has destroyed soil health