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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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