Toxic debate rages on over cultivation ban on ‘poor man’s pulse’: Political will needed to take a stand

By Kanchan Srivastava Sale and storage of grass-pea is banned by the government of India since 1961 following reports that it contained a neurotoxin causing paralysis of lower limbs. It is still being cultivated in flood-prone, semi-arid and underdeveloped regions as it grows in drought as well as water-logged condition, consumed among poor as it … More Toxic debate rages on over cultivation ban on ‘poor man’s pulse’: Political will needed to take a stand

Can’t have an agricultural sector that employs 60% of workforce but grows at 2% per annum

By Mohan Guruswamy* By 2050, India’s population is likely to reach 1.7 billion, which will then be nearly equal to China and the US combined. A fundamental question then is can India feed 1.7 billion people properly? If the food availability is stretched now, what is likely to be the situation in 2050 when India … More Can’t have an agricultural sector that employs 60% of workforce but grows at 2% per annum

Punjab: Larger the farm-size, more is the per capita consumption expenditure on non-durable items

By Gian Singh*, Anupama*, Rupinder Kaur**, Gurinder Kaur*** and Sukhveer Kaur***** Agriculture plays an important role in economic development, such as provision of food to the nation, enlarging exports, transfer of manpower to non-agricultural sectors, contribution to capital formation and securing markets for industrialisation (Walia and Garg, 2015). Agriculture remains as the perennial source of … More Punjab: Larger the farm-size, more is the per capita consumption expenditure on non-durable items

Gujarat irrigation potential growth through groundwater is impacting farm sustainability

By Persis Ginwalla, Sagar Rabari*  Assured water supply is one of the main components of stable agriculture and an important factor that has supposedly contributed to the ‘phenomenal’ growth rate of agriculture in Gujarat. One of the reasons offered for this is the significant rise in the irrigation coverage in the state and the resultant … More Gujarat irrigation potential growth through groundwater is impacting farm sustainability

Endorsing protection of livelihoods of peasants and all small food producers feeding the world

Text of “The United Nations Declaration On The Rights Of Peasants And Other People Working In Rural Areas”: The adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas by the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in its 39th session on 28th of September 2018 is a fundamental … More Endorsing protection of livelihoods of peasants and all small food producers feeding the world

Helping create positive environment for ecological farming in Bihar’s Ganga Organic Corridor

Recently, Greenpeace activists undertook Bihar Living Soils Yatra, a journey of  1500 kilometers covering 9 districts, 16 villages across the state’s Ganga Organic Corridor and connecting with over 800 farmers in 10 day period. The team travelled across Nalanda, Lakhisarai, Munger, Bhagalpur, Begusarai, Samastipur, Vaishali, Bhojpur and Patna to assess local farmer’s understanding of the … More Helping create positive environment for ecological farming in Bihar’s Ganga Organic Corridor

Precarious lives of India’s farmers merits undivided attention of Parliament, enduring solutions

The All India Kisan Struggle Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), which has organized Delhi Chalo programme for November 28-30, has floated a petition, addressed to Ram Nath Kovind, President of India, demanding a special, 21-day joint session of Parliament to discuss the agrarian crisis and related issues. Seeking signatures from concerned citizens, following is the text of … More Precarious lives of India’s farmers merits undivided attention of Parliament, enduring solutions