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Mendha Lekha residents gift all their farms to gram sabha

http://www.downtoearth.org.in/content/mendha-lekha-residents-gift-all-their-farms-gram-sabha Author(s): Aparna Pallavi Date:Sep 7, 2013 Village does away with private ownership of land, saying it will lead to a stronger community. File photograph of Mendha Lekha Gram Sabha meeting in progress. Community leader Devaji Tofa addresses residents. Activist Mohan Hirabai Hiralal is also seen in the picture In a step that will strengthen the village gram sabha and also secure the land rights of the people, residents of village Mendha Lekha in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra have donated their entire agricultural land to the village gram sabha under the forgotten Maharashtra Gram Dan Act of 1964. The gram sabha has now become the legal owner of 200 ha of […]

The State of the World’s Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture

Managing systems at risk By 2050, food production is projected to increase by about 70 percent globally and nearly 100 percent in developing countries. This incremental demand for food, together with demand from other competing uses, will place unprecedented pressure on many agricultural production systems across the world. These ‘systems at risk’ are facing growing competition for land and water resources and they are often constrained by unsustainable agricultural practices. They therefore require particular attention and specific remedial action. The State of the World’s Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture (SOLAW) analyses a variety of options for overcoming constraints and improving resource management in these areas of heightened risk. […]

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