The residents of Sohangarh, in dry Rajasthan, are unperturbed by recurrent drought in their state. Thanks to the restoration and regeneration of common pasturelands they enjoy healthy agricultural yields and even have money to spare for the all-round development of their village
Coca-Cola and other soft drinks, which have constituted the enemy for many Indian farmers in recent times because of their groundwater-depleting factories, are now unlikely allies in the farmers' battle against pests
The myth that women have no role to play in irrigation management has been shattered, as the Gujarat government's Participatory Irrigation Management policy clearly shows
In drought-hit Andhra Pradesh, even tea and tubers are no longer available. The thin gruel doled out at various centres keeps hundreds of starving people going
Various Indian government institutions and organisations have been researching and even endorsing organic cultivation of cotton and other crops. But why is none of this research finding its way to the farmers in India's cotton fields? This is the last in a series on organic cotton
In Part II of her series on organic cotton, Meena Menon travels to Vidarbha in Maharashtra and to Madhya Pradesh, where the organic cotton chain leads all the way to the fashionable ecological-social retail stores of Europe. The message? Organic cotton commands a premium and makes good commercial sense. It can also reduce the cost of inputs and save the lives of desperate farmers
Meena Menon travels through the cotton fields of Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh where, hurrah, farmers are slowly switching back to organic farming
A couple of months ago, a free community kitchen offering three square meals to the starving Sahariya tribals of Baran district in Rajasthan, was forced to shut down after NGOs claimed the tribals would become victims of the 'dependency syndrome'. But how and when do you draw the line between relief measures and sustainable rehabilitation?
India appears poised to follow Argentina's economic model - boost private investment in agriculture and encourage commodity exports. But since last year 450,000 jobs have been lost in Argentina, leaving one in four people destitute. Is this the way forward for India?
An estimated 5,000 tribal children died of malnutrition in Melghat, Maharashtra, between 1992-97. Since 1997, a group of volunteers has been working with the Korkus in this remote forest region, helping educate them about nutrition, sanitation and preventive health care
The various heads of state, at the recently-concluded World Food Summit 2002 in Rome, spoke eloquently about the scandalous "scourge" of prevailing hunger. Yet they provided only a diet of words to the millions of hungry and malnourished around the world
Around 1.5 billion marginal farmers in the developing world live in virtual penury. Simultaneously, 1.5 billion cattle in the industrialised world are reared in luxury, with a cow in the developed world receiving subsidies that amount to almost twice the annual income of an average Third World farmer
Although supporters of genetically engineered products often claim that rigorous tests have proven the safety of GE products, their opponents argue that the field tests do not provide a track record of safety, but a case of 'don't look, don't find'. And when scientists actually look, what they see can be terrifying