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International Biosafety Conference in Hyderabad (India), 28-29 Sep 2012

Title : ANNOUNCEMENT: International Biosafety Conference in Hyderabad (India), 28-29 Sep 2012 Date : 24 July 2012Contents: Scientific Conference 2012 – Advancing the Understanding of Biosafety GMO Risk Assessment, Independent Biosafety Research and Holistic Analysis 21 July 2012 – The European Network of Scientists European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility (ENSSER), Tara Foundation and Third World Network (TWN) are pleased to announce our second International Biosafety Conference in conjunction with the 6th Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (MOP-6) in 2012 in Hyderabad, India. The conference will be held on Sept 28-29, right before MOP-6, which is scheduled for Oct 1-5, 2012. The main aim […]

Mahyco’s clarification on the story ‘A Decade of Bt Hype’ carried on Agrarian Crisis

  April 18, 2012 To, The Editor, Indian Agrarian Crisis Secunderabad. This is with reference to your story titled ‘A decade of Bt hype’ that published in your site  on April 17, 2012. We would like to bring to your notice that the first paragraph of your story mentions that Mahyco is an Indian subsidiary of Monsanto which is factually incorrect. Mahyco is not an Indian subsidiary of Monsanto. Monsanto only has a minority stake of 26% in Mahyco. We feel that an error of this nature are detrimental to Mahyco’s business as it is a reputed Indian company. I am sure you will appreciate the sensitivity involved and publish the correction at the earliest. […]

Jharkand Water Policy 2011

Jharkhand state water policy, 2011 This policy will broadly have a five-pronged strategy : First, the State will adopt a new State Water Policy framework to create the enabling environment for better and more equitable and productive water resources management in an environmentally sustainable manner for promoting growth reduction in poverty and minimizing regional imbalance. Second, the State will restructure the fundamental roles and relationships of the State and the water users. Third, the State will create a new institutional arrangement at the State level and at the river basin level to guide and regulate water resources planning, development; to decentralize the responsibility for water resources planning, development, management, operation […]

ਆਓ! ਘਰੇਲੂ ਬਗੀਚੀ ਲਗਾਈਏ……..

ਘਰੇਲੂ ਬਗੀਚੀ ਕੀ ਹੈ? ਘਰ ਵਿੱਚ ਜਾਂ ਘਰ ਦੇ ਨੇੜੇ ਦੀ ਉਹ ਜਗਾ  ਜਿੱਥੇ ਸਬਜ਼ੀਆਂ, ਜੜ੍ਹੀ -ਬੂਟੀਆਂ ਅਤੇ ਕਈ ਵਾਰ ਕੁੱਝ ਫਲ ਉਗਾਏ ਜਾਂਦੇ ਹਨ।   ਘਰੇਲੂ ਬਗੀਚੀ ਦੀ ਲੋੜ ਕਿਉਂ ਹੈ? ਇਹ ਸੁਵਿਧਾਪੂਰਨ ਜਗਾ ਵਿੱਚ ਆਪਣੀ ਪਸੰਦ ਅਤੇ ਲੋੜ ਅਨੁਸਾਰ ਸਬਜ਼ੀਆਂ, ਫਲ ਅਤੇ ਕੁੱਝ ਜੜ੍ਹੀ -ਬੂਟੀਆਂ ਉਗਾ ਸਕਦੇ ਹੋ ਅਤੇ ਜਦ ਲੋੜ ਹੋਵੇ, ਉਹਨਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਤਾਜ਼ੀਆਂ ਵਰਤ ਸਕਦੇ ਹੋ। ਫੁੱਲ ਤੁਹਾਡੇ ਲਈ ਇੱਕ ਵਾਧੂ ਫਾਇਦਾ ਹਨ ਜੋ ਮਿੱਤਰ ਕੀੜਿਆਂ ਨੂੰ ਬੁਲਾਉਂਦੇ ਹਨ ਅਤੇ ਜਿੰਨਾਂ ਨਾਲ ਨਾ ਸਿਰਫ ਬਗੀਚੀ ਵਧੀਆ ਲੱਗਦੀ ਹੈ ਬਲਕਿ ਤੁਸੀ ਉਹਨਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਘਰ ਦੀ ਸਜਾਵਟ ਲਈ ਵੀ ਵਰਤ ਸਕਦੇ ਹੋ। ਘਰੇਲੂ ਬਗੀਚੀ ਕਿਵੇਂ ਸ਼ੁਰੂ ਕਰੀਏ? ਕੁੱਝ ਹਿਦਾਇਤਾਂ  ਕੋਸ਼ਿਸ਼ ਕਰੋ ਕਿ ਜਗਾ ਅਜਿਹੀ ਚੁਣੋ ਜਿੱਥੇ ਤੁਸੀ […]

Searching for our daily bread

If the word crisis is vastly overused, to speak of a global food crisis is, if anything, an understatement. The first signs of trouble appeared in 2000, when global grain stocks declined for the first time in several decades, but it was not until the spring of 2007 that the full gravity of what was occurring became clear. That year, the prices of the principal food staples — rice, corn, soybeans and wheat — effectively doubled. This was an |unprecedented rise, and it reversed more than 50 years of declining prices. The results were immediate and devastating: the number of hungry or chronically malnourished people rose by at least 100 […]

Green revolution and colossal loss of folk rice diversity in West Bengal by Dr. Anupam Paul*

A Wonderful article by Dr. Anupam Paul on the colossal loss of folk rice diversity due to green revolution 111121 Anupam Pal Crisis rice

IIM students to study ‘crop holiday’ villages

The Hans India,   Bhimavaram: The much discussed ‘crop holiday,’ declared by the farmers in East and West Godavari districts has drawn the attention of IIM Ahmadabad agri-business management students. As part of their rural immersion programme, the IIM has decided to depute two teams of students to study the issue in its totality. Each team consists of seven students. IIM-Ahmadabad has taken this decision at the behest of the Kisan Service Organisation, an NGO based at Hyderabad. Akkineni Bhavani Prasad, it’s general secretary disclosed this to media here. Kisan Service Organisation, with its active support of Rythu Karyacharana Samithi is making arrangements to facilitate the study. Korukollu under […]

Who will do Farming? summery of discussions on Sept 2nd. at Naren Fellowship meeting

Summary of round table discussion at G.Narendranath fellowship award meeting, held on Sep. 2 2011 at Sundarayya Vignana Kendram, Hyderabad. The meeting started with Samyuktha welcoming the guests and giving details regarding the fellowship: the purpose of the fellowship is to give a small monetary support (of Rs. One lakh) every year to grass root activists who are not so well known and who are in need of such support; it is anchored in the Center for Equity Studies(CES); decisions regarding the fellowship will be taken by a Committee which has been formed consisting of Harsh Mander of CES, P. Chenniah, Jeevan Kumar and Samyuktha. This year’s (2011-2012) fellowship was […]

NBA to take action against Bt Brinjal biopiracy

The development of Bt Brinjal was a case of biopiracy, according to the National Biodiversity Authority (NBA). According to sources, the NBA has finally concluded its year-long investigation and recommended action against the U.S. agribusiness giant, Monsanto, and its Indian collaborators, who developed and promoted the controversial, genetically modified vegetable. A decision to “take the case to its logical conclusion” was taken in an NBA meeting on June 20, according to official sources, who say, this means Monsanto and co could face criminal proceedings. When the NBA met on Tuesday, it discussed the “comprehensive evidence” and “supporting proof” gathered against Bt Brinjal’s promoters, say sources. “The NBA is now continuously […]


Constructing Agrarian Altenratives_Quartz download Many of India’s small and marginal farmers are under distress and have to deal with scarcity of various kinds – they are in a highly vulnerable condition. This dissertation studies the historical development of a project geared towards improving the vulnerable conditions of marignal farming communities in Andhra Pradesh (India). After a series of massive pest infestations and a wave of farmers’ suicides, several scientists felt that conventional pest management methods were unable to address both the ecological sustainability of the soil and the economic ability of marginal farmers to cope with the overall risks of agrarian production. The Non-pesticidal Management project (NPM) slowly emerged as […]

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