“FAO recognition of traditional farming should keep GM away”

The traditional agricultural system of Koraput (Odisha) has been recognized by the FAO as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Site (GIAHS) at the recently concluded 99th Science Congress. This recognition is for outstanding contribution to promoting food security, biodiversity, indigenous knowledge and cultural diversity for sustainable and equitable development. Living Farms is a non profit working in the Koraput region […]

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Let farmers decide the price’: Mani Chinnaswamy, Apache Cotton

Author(s): Jyotika Sood Issue: Jan 15, 2012 Mani Chinnaswamy’s contract farming model has prompted IIM graduates to study his Appachi formula. After all, it gives farmers the right to bargain the price of their produce with the buyer. Talking to Jyotika Sood, the entrepreneur shares the hurdles in the implementation of the formula and its potential to change farmers’ lives   Mani ChinnaswamyWhat makes […]

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Q&A: Vandana Shiva ‘Retail FDI is not about investment, but market grab’

Q&A: Vandana Shiva ‘Retail FDI is not about investment, but market grab’ Sreelatha Menon / November 27, 2011, 0:40 IST The Cabinet’s decision to allow up to 51 per cent FDI in multi-brand retail was taken without consulting the states, activist Vandana Shiva tells Sreelatha Menon. Three years ago, you had campaigned against FDI in retail. But, with the Cabinet’s […]

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The native seed man

Tej Prakash Yadav, OneWorld South Asia 12 November 2011 Veteran activist and farmer Vijay Jardhari is on a mission to preserve India’s native seeds in the hills of Uttarakhand. In times of fast waning traditional agricultural practices, his efforts aim to restore the nutritional value of food grains and reduce food insecurity. OneWorld: The Beej Bachao Aandolan aims to make farmers self-sufficient through […]

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The Degree Of Noncompliance Hurts Us. Regulation Doesn’t-Cargill

  AMIT KUMAR STRAT SPEAK “The Degree Of Noncompliance Hurts Us. Regulation Doesn’t” Siraj A Chaudhury, Chairman of Cargill India, speaks with Dr Amit Kapoor, Honorary Chairman, Institute for Competitiveness, about the food supply chain industry and its dynamics. Excerpts: AMIT KAPOOR INTERVIEWS SIRAJ A CHAUDHURY PRINT SHARE COMMENTS Give us an idea of your industry.  Cargill is a privately held business, […]

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‘NREGA reforms must address the supply-side problems’

Q&A: K S Gopal, Central Employment Guarantee Council Sreelatha Menon / New Delhi September 23, 2011, 0:25 IST   K S Gopal, former member of Central Employment Guarantee Council and now with Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, tells Sreelatha Menon why Jairam Ramesh’s NREGA 2.0 may not be effective. Edited excerpts: The rural development ministry feels the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) […]

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Water as a limited resource – Rajendra Singh

http://www.firstnewslive.com/face-2-face/133–water-as-a-limited-resource-rajendra-singh.html The rivers of Alwar that has seen life after death, thanks to the committment and foresight of Rajendra Singh and his team Tarun Bharath Sangh, who were instrumental in mobilising communities to rejuvenate their own water resources. Anil Agarwal always maintained that the entire nation could be made drought free through community rainwater harvesting. What is your opinion? His […]

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Ban sought on GM paddy research -Vadde

HYDERABAD, AUG. 2: A senior farmers’ leader and former Agriculture Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Mr Vadde Sobhanadreeswara Rao, has asked the ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research) to ban research on genetically modified (GM) paddy. GM in paddy might impact business prospects for Indian rice in global markets. Voicing concern that GM paddy traits could contaminate natural varieties, he sought […]

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We need to get into mission mode on promoting cooperatives in right spirit: Interview with Shashi Rajagopalan

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/opinion/interviews/we-need-to-get-into-mission-mode-on-promoting-co-operatives-in-right-spirit-shashi-rajagopalan-board-member-rbi-and-nabard/articleshow/9355597.cms 25 JUL, 2011, 10.45AM IST, M RAJSHEKHAR,ET BUREAU We need to get into mission mode on promoting co-operatives in right spirit: Shashi Rajagopalan With the growing recognition that much more needs to be done to encourage the emergence of self-reliant farmer organisations, reviving India’sco-operatives is back on the agenda. Shashi Rajagopalan, till recently on the board of the RBI, […]

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