A new book by Dickson Despommier posits the farm of the future as a vertical farm over 30 floors in any city centre. Powered by renewable energies a vertical farm could meet the food needs of 50,000 people, consume 70-95% less water, restrict the use of harmful agro-chemicals and ward off weather-related crop failures
The UNDP's ‘Asia-Pacific Human Development Report 2006: Trade on Human Terms’ is an effort to look at trade in the region from a human development angle. Analysing the position of different countries in the region, with regard to food imports and exports, the report finds that the poorest countries in Asia have become the most dependent on agricultural imports for their basic food supply
A survey of 22 tribal villages in Maharashtra's Nandurbar district throws up disturbing facts about levels of malnutrition among children. The root of the problem is the absence of sustainable livelihoods
A comprehensive socio-economic investigation into the issue of farmer suicides in Maharashtra by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences finds that while the victims hailed from diverse class, caste and income categories, the reasons for their poverty and indebtedness were remarkably similar
A new study by the Centre for Equity Studies in Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Karnataka underlines the positive impact of the mid-day meal scheme
Even where cooked meals are provided, they do not meet the nutritional requirements stipulated by the Supreme Court, according to a survey of food security schemes in Maharashtra conducted by the Anna Adhikar Abhiyan Maharashtra
Food helps children concentrate and improves their attendance and overall performance in schools. This report looks at the use of Food and Education (FAE) initiatives -- designed to take place before, during and/or after the period of food assistance -- that offer direct benefits towards bringing about both short and long-term changes in school students.