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Food for all: investing in food security in Asia and the Pacific – issues, innovations, and practices

Food security is a critical issue for Asia and the Pacific. The region is the world’s key supplier and largest consumer of food yet it is also home to the largest number of the world’s poor and hungry. It presents a stark contrast—a food bowl that is full to the brim but cannot feed those who need food the most just to survive. To address food security in a sustainable manner, on 7–9 July 2010, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) joined hands to convene the Investment Forum for Food Security in Asia and the […]

Investment and Devastation: Saraswati Kavula

http://www.andhrajyothy.com/pdffiles/2012/Jan/18/main/page04.pdf English Translation of the telugu article published in Andhra Jyothi on the recent partnership summit In the recently concluded Partnership Summit, our chief minister has claimed that the state was going to get 6.5 lakh crore rupees of investments and of that 1lakh crore FDI. This according to their claims would mean 6.78 lakh jobs. Kiran Kumar Reddy has promised all facilities like land, water and electricity to be available for the Industrialists to facilitate the setting up of these projects. 243 MoU’s have been signed. But where is the land coming from? Where is the water coming from? And where do we bring the electricity from, is the […]

Group. The Greed : Mega RevolutionFoundations, Agribusiness Muscle In On Public Goods

Big Agribusiness Influence Threatens to Override Public Interest in Greed Revolution A new 30-page report that documents the growing influence of agribusiness on the multilateral food system and the lack of transparency in research funding has been released today by the international civil society organization ETC Group. The Greed : Mega RevolutionFoundations, Agribusiness Muscle In On Public Goods presents three case studies – one involving the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and two involving CGIAR Centers (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research) – which point to a dangerous trend that will worsen rather than solve the problem of global hunger. The report details the involvement of, among others, Nestlé, Heineken, Monsanto, the […]

Bt cotton seed companies requests AP govt to increase the seed prices

As usual this year also the AP Seedmen Association made a request to the state government to increase seed prices as their production costs are going up.  As you are aware last year the prices went up from Rs. 600 to rs. 830 and rs. 750 to rs. 930 for single gene and double gene technologies respectively.  The argument was that argument was that farmers got better harvest and good market price (upto rs. 6500/q). This year the companies are demanding an increase up to rs. 950/packet of single gene and Rs. 1050 for a packet of double gene bt cotton. here we need to know that from companies own […]

Veg or Non-Veg? India at Cross Roads a report by Brighter Green

A new policy paper, Veg or Non-Veg? India at the Crossroads (PDF), published by Brighter Green, a New York-based public policy action tank. Using the entry point of climate change, the paper documents the effects of the expansion and intensification of the livestock sector for India’s food security, resource utilization, and issues of equity and sustainability. Through data and analysis, as well as on-the-ground reporting by associate Sangamithra Iyer, Brighter Green explores whether India, with a long vegetarian tradition, a fast-urbanizing and growing population, an expanding middle class, as well as millions of people experiencing food insecurity, can—or should—use its natural capital to produce (and export) more animal products in an increasingly industrial landscape. Our hope […]

Policy Opportunities for Agroecology

http://www.ukfg.org.uk/orfc2012/ A strategy session to discuss policy opportunities to promote ecological and equitable models of sustainable food production and consumption. Friday 6th January, 13:30 to 15:30, Old Law Library Chaired by: Patrick Mulvany Speakers: Julia Wright, Geoff Tansey, Michel Pimbert While “local food webs”, many of them ecological, will continue to feed most people in the world, “top-level processes” will grab the headlines. Some will culminate in 2012, including the UN Rio+20 conference and the launch of the ‘Green Economy’. Other UN processes, on the governance of food, biodiversity and climate change will continue to seek sustainable outcomes. In Europe, CAP reforms will be a hot topic. The UK will […]

Fertilizer subsidy bill may touch Rs. 95,000 cr

http://www.livemint.com/2011/11/10223616/Fertilizer-subsidy-bill-may-to.html New Delhi: India’s spending on fertilizer subsidy for selling the farming ingredient below market price is expected to rise 12% in the current fiscal compared with the government’s estimates in February, according to the fertilizer ministry. The fertilizer subsidy is expected to increase to Rs. 95,000 crore in the year to 31 March from the Rs. 85,000 crore estimate presented in the Union budget in February. The fertilizer ministry told the finance ministry about the increase in October, two officials independently said. Fertilizer companies were allowed to set the retail prices of non-urea fertilizers such as diammonium phosphate (DAP) and muriate of potash (MoP) in April last year to cut the government’s spending […]

ADVERTISING STANDARDS COUNCIL OF INDIA CONCLUDES THAT MAHYCO MONSANTO BIOTECH’S CLAIMS ON BOLLGARD ARE NOT SUBSTANTIATED

Press Release of “Public Awareness on Genetically Modified Foods”   “” New Delhi, January 12th 2012: A prominent advertisement by Mahyco-Monsanto Biotech Ltd titled “Bollgard boosts the Indian cotton farmers’ income by over Rs. 31,500 crores” that appeared in Hindustan Times on August 30th 2011, was found to be not substantiated in its claims by the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI). ASCI found that the claims made in the advertisement were not substantiated under the self regulation code I.1. of ASCI which has been laid down ‘to ensure the truthfulness and honesty of representations and claims made by advertisements and to safeguard against misleading advertisements’. This advertisement was a part of the […]

English Translation of P. Sainath on ‘Farmers Suicides and Way Forward’ during the Round Table in Hyderabad

Students of XIMB, Bhubaneswar Mr. Borra Srinivisa Rao, Adithya and Suma have done a wonderful job of transcripting and translating P. Sainath’s speech into English 120108 Sainath ramoo

Experts voice apprehension over food security : 100 yrs of paddy research and beyond

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/agri-biz/article2788316.ece?homepage=true&ref=wl_home COIMBATORE, JAN. 9: Government officials and ICAR experts today urged rice scientists to wake up to reality and ensure food security for all in the coming years. In a nutshell, the officials, while stating that the foodgrain production scenario looked comfortable at present, voiced apprehension about the future in view of the erratic weather patterns on the one hand and the need for meeting the demands from the rising population on the other. Mr V. Venkatachalam, Special Secretary, Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India, said that while there has been a four-fold increase in rice production from 1950 onwards, the challenge would be in […]

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