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Green in the desert

By Vikas Yadav

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

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Colas as pesticides? For some farmers it's the real thing...

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

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The Cauvery delta: An economy under threat

By Lalitha Sridhar

Thousands of farmers in the Cauvery delta are being forced to come to terms with a new reality: perennial water scarcity. The lack of water in the rain-fed Cauvery is destroying livelihoods and disrupting communities

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Women's participation in irrigation management reaps rewards in Gujarat

By Advaita Marathe

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

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You say protato, and I say pulses

By Devinder Sharma

Can a protein-enhanced potato, the `protato', really help solve India's malnutrition problem? Shouldn't we be increasing pulses production, instead, to meet the protein needs of our people?

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Gruel centres across Andhra Pradesh feed the starving

By Meena Menon

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

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`Franken foods': The US vs the rest of the world

By Devinder Sharma

A battle to control the global foodchain is being waged, with the United States attempting to `educate' governments on the virtues of genetically modified foods and their role in eradicating world hunger

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Organic cotton: Getting back to the basics

By Meena Menon

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

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Green gold: Commercial organic cotton

By Meena Menon

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

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Greening cotton: Finally, a loss of faith in chemical agriculture

By Meena Menon

Meena Menon travels through the cotton fields of Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh where, hurrah, farmers are slowly switching back to organic farming

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Free meals make them dependent, so should they go back to eating grass?

By Girija Godbole

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?

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India follows Argentina: More food exports, more hunger

By Devinder Sharma

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?

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After Bt cotton, it's GM mustard

By Devinder Sharma

The Genetic Engineering Approval Committee has deferred granting commercial approval to a genetically-modified mustard. But are these just delaying tactics? Could we soon see the release of the first genetically-engineered food crop in India?

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Friends of Melghat

By Huned Contractor

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

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Living through the great drought

By Yana Bey

Yana Bey travels through the poverty-stricken Kalahandi-Bolangir-Koraput region of Orissa, meeting villagers with long memories of hard times and starvation

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World Food Summit 2002: The hungry will have to wait

By Devinder Sharma

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

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Western cow vs Southern farmer: The absurdity of inequality

By Devinder Sharma

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

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A biological apocalypse averted

By John Robbins

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

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Bt cotton: Stepping into a booby trap

By Devinder Sharma

Opinions are divided about the wisdom of the Indian government's decision to burn the genetically modified cotton crop on 10,000 acres of farmland in Gujarat. In this article, the author points out why Bt cotton is a biological trap.

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