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India Could be a New Pole of Global Growth by Robert B Zoellick

d today by what is known as SRI, or system of rice intensification, and I know this is also an area of interest for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Using smart water management and planting practices, Farmers in Tamil Nadu have increased rice yields between 30 and 80 percent, reduced water use by 30 percent, and now require significantly less fertilizer.  This emerging technology not only addresses food security but also the water scarcity challen

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Hunger: India worse off than Zimbabwe!

ank 67 Bangladesh is one of the poorest and most corrupt nations in the world. It is also one of the hungriest with a hunger rate of 24.7. With most of its working population consisting of Farmers, Bangladesh is primarily an agrarian society. However, agriculture is not a very productive occupation for the nation, as millions in the country go hungry everyday. Rice and tea are the nation's major exports, but the country's major portion

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Devastating cattle plague to be purged within 18 months, announces UN agency

and contributing to famine and social unrest. It swept into sub-Saharan Africa at the end of the 19th century, killing 80 to 90 per cent of all cattle in the region, leaving the livelihoods of Farmers and pastoralists in tatters, causing widespread famine and leaving the region vulnerable to European colonization. At its height in the 1920s, rinderpest extended from Scandinavia to the Cape of Good Hope and from the Atlantic shore of Afric

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People’s movements decry anti-people SEZs by Siddhesh Inamdar

at a national convention against SEZs organised at Gorai village on the outskirts of Mumbai on November 25 and 26. came together to resist the anti-people model of development that SEZs represented. Farmers, fishermen, labourers, activists, artists, and academicians from 13 States participated in the convention. Decimation of local peoples Mr. Shukla said India was following the Australian and American way to becoming a superpower. He poin

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Bhopal's economy was stalled by the 1984 gas leak by Jorn Madslien and Ben Richardson

ope of a prosperous future, not only for the city but for the entire state, Madhya Pradesh, where Bhopal is the capital city. The pesticides produced at the factory were designed to help Indian Farmers produce more food as part of a "green revolution" sweeping the country. And hopes were high that the mere presence of such a large, global company would attract large-scale industrial investment to the city. The gas leak chan

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Towards a happier state by SL Rao

foundation are simple but effective. In agriculture, for example, a proven technique for paddy cultivation elsewhere in India uses 40 per cent less water. A simple polythene covered tent helps small Farmers produce high quality tomatoes and exotic vegetables that can add significantly to income. Rural communities must be taught to use the cell phones that have entered the state. If the Farmers work togethe

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IFAD chief says climate change threat is very real by Gargi Parsai

squo;s hilly regions, tribal areas and the northeast have shown linkages between development and food security, and focusses on putting poor rural people, particularly women (micro-finance) and small Farmers at the centre of all development efforts. “Unless you look at the majority of Farmers who have small landholdings and who produce most of the food, how can you achieve national development?

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Farming must modernise

erity and the accompanying rise in demand for more food, both directly and as inputs to higher-value foods such as eggs, milk and meat, are pushing up prices. Higher prices do act as an incentive for Farmers to produce more, but for that response to feed through to higher output, demand and supply must interact in a functional market mechanism. Both absent or sparse infrastructure and misguided regulation pre-empt the coming into being of a func

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Whither Rural India? by Kripa Shankar

ctares and to bring this land under some use, a very massive outlay, both public and private, is required. Continued neglect of the agricultural sector has led to a situation where 95 per cent of the Farmers are in deficit and have nothing to invest. Public investment crowds in private investment as the former results in larger income to the households. Public investment in irrigation should form the core of investment in the first instance. Only

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