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Turn down the heat : climate extremes, regional impacts, and the case for resilience – full report (English)

ABSTRACT This report focuses on the risks of climate change to development in Sub-Saharan Africa, South East Asia and South Asia. Building on the 2012 report, Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided, this new scientific analysis examines the likely impacts of present day, 2°C and 4°C warming on agricultural production, water resources, and coastal vulnerability for affected populations. It finds many significant climate and development impacts are already being felt in some regions, and in some cases multiple threats of increasing extreme heat waves, sea level rise, more severe storms, droughts and floods are expected to have further severe negative implications for the poorest. […]

Indigenous Peoples’ food systems & well-being: FAO Report

Interventions & policies for healthy communities Download Full Report  – 19.5Mb Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Rome 2013 ABSTRACT Indigenous Peoples in cultural homelands of the most rural areas of developing regions experience challenges in using their traditional food systems and to ensure food security and health despite the treasures of food biodiversity that could support well-being. This book is the third in a series promoting use of local food systems by Indigenous Peoples; the first defines the process to document local food resources, and the second describes food systems in 12 diverse rural areas of different parts of the world. Here we describe processes and findings from […]

Transgene Flow from Bt Brinjal: a real Risk?

http://www.cell.com/trends/biotechnology/fulltext/S0167-7799(13)00068-1 Bt brinjal too can create super weeds.  Gene flow from a transgenic plants has remained a contentious issue. In the absence of experimental data, the task to pinpoint exactly as to how much is the potential risk, especially in centres of diversity, becomes daunting. The GM industry has often used lack of experimental data to show there is no cause for concern. It has happened in India, in the case of Bt cotton, and more recently when the moratorium on Bt brinjal came in 2010. John Samuels of the Novel Solanaceae Crops Project, Penzance, Cornwall, UK, has raised some valid concerns, based on available data, in an excellent paper […]

Revealed: How US State Department ‘Twists Arms’ on Monsanto’s Behalf

http://documents.foodandwaterwatch.org/doc/Biotech_Report_US.pdf Selling seeds, selling out democracy: US State Department does biotech industry’s bidding – Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer The U.S. State Department does the bidding of biotech giants like Monsanto around the world by “twisting the arms of countries” and engaging in vast public campaign schemes to push the sale of genetically modified seeds, according to a new report released Tuesday by Food & Water Watch. (International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Nigeria)The report, Biotech Ambassadors: How the U.S. State Department Promotes the Seed Industry’s Global Agenda, which pulls from over 900 State Department diplomatic cables (obtained via WikiLeaks), reveals an environment wherein US ambassadors act as sales representatives for the global biotech industry. […]

Enhancing agricultural livelihoods through community institutions in Bihar, India (English)

Author(s): Behera, Debaraj; Chaudhary, Arvind Kumar; Vutukuru, Vinay Kumar; Gupta, Abhishek; Machiraju, Sitaramachandra; Shah, Parmesh Source: World Bank | January 2013     Bihar’s agriculture sector employs more than eighty percent of the labor force and more than fourfifths of these farmers are small and marginal. They have one of the lowest agricultural productivity in India that has not increased due to several constraints. Jeevika, a project jointly supported by the World Bank and the Government of Bihar, has piloted, customized and eventually scaled-up several innovative livelihood interventions to improve the well-being of poor households in Bihar. A number of innovative aspects account for the success of these livelihoods programs in the state. Foremost among these […]

Taming food inflation in India by Ashok Gulati

Taming food inflation in India by Ashok Gulati released yesterday talks about raising agriculture wages as one of the main reasons for raising food inflation and suggests mechanisation to increase farm labour productivity and also moving to direct cash transfer for food, fuel, power and fertiliser subsidies. http://cacp.dacnet.nic.in/Food_Inflation.pdf though much of the economic calculation seems to be complicated and needs some expert to analyse, i feel the last few papers by Ashok Gulati are spelling out what is in offing for indian farmers…..

A Harvest of Heat:Agribusiness andClimate Change

A Harvest of Heat:Agribusiness andClimate Change How Six Food Industry Giants Are Warming the Planet Agriculture’s critical dependence on fossil fuels and the clearing of forests, grasslands and prairies for farming are the top two factors responsible for today’s massive global increases in CO2. http://www.ifg.org/pdf/AgriBiz&Climate4-8.pdf

Parliamentary Standing Committee Report on National Food Security Bill

Standing Committee Report on National Food Security Bill खतरनाक है राशन के बदले नकद राशि का मंत्र (सचिन कुमार जैन, पंचायतनामा, 17-23 दिसंबर) (1) The Standing Committee on Food, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution has submitted its report on the National Food Security Bill. Please find attached. A related article: The cost of food security (C P Chandrashekhar, The Hindu, 20 Jan). National Food Security Bill Securing Food for All: Is it Really Difficult to Afford? (Praveen Jha and Nilachala Acharya, Economic and Political Weekly, 26 Jan) Cash transfers and UID DCT: lists of beneficiaries sought (The Hindu, 22 Jan) Aadhaar-linked DBT hits roadblock in East Godavari (Mohammad Ali, The […]

Food and nutrition security – a Position Paper

Food and nutritional security (FNS) is a complex issue given its reliance on climatic as well as non-climatic factors that are intertwined and interdependent. When climate change is superimposed, it further worsens the situation as food production, one of the critical ecosystem services, is impacted the most. This position paper explains WOTR’s proactive ecosystem based adaptation strategy crystallized from the ecosystem management and conservation work carried out in different states. Author(s): Lalita Joshi, Marcella D’Souza Source: Watershed Organization Trust Published Date: January 2013   Download (PDF 4 MB) http://www.wotr.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/WOTR-Food-Nutrition-Security-Position-Paper.pdf  

Our Nutrient World: The challenge to produce more food and energy with less pollution

Our Nutrient World: The challenge to produce more food and energy with less pollution.This Global Overview on Nutrient Management addresses the scientific complexity of how humanity can rise to these challenges and maximize the opportunities of improved nutrient management. The message of this overview is that everyone stands to benefit from nutrients and that everyone can make a contribution to promote sustainable production and use of nutrients. Whether we live in a part of the world with too much or too little nutrients, our daily decisions can make a difference. Its preparation has forged new links between communities, gradually building a network of institutions and actors for better scientific understanding […]

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