Farming distress has attracted a class of neo-moneylenders who lend money to make a killing

By Moin Qazi* A recent report by IndiaSpend states that professional moneylenders, who can charge up to four times more interest than the government’s banking system, hold more rural debt than ever, from 19.6 percent in 2002 to 28.2 percent in 2013. According to a 2017 study by Stanford University’s Center on Global Poverty and Development, farmers take loans from … More Farming distress has attracted a class of neo-moneylenders who lend money to make a killing

Wasting a kg of wheat and rice means wasting 1,500 and 3,500 litres of water used in production

By Moin Qazi* India grows enough food to meet the needs of its entire population, yet is unable to feed millions of them, especially women and children. The country ranks 100th out of 119 countries in the Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2017. In fact, it has consistently ranked poor. Even as millions of Indians go … More Wasting a kg of wheat and rice means wasting 1,500 and 3,500 litres of water used in production

Call urgent meeting with farmers’ organizations before the next round of ITPGRFA negotiations

India’s farmers’ organizations have written a letter to RK Singh, National Focal Point of India, International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food & Agriculture (ITPGRFA), also Joint Secretary (Seeds), Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Government of India, ahead of the Seventh Governing Body session for proceedings of ITPGRFA, scheduled between 30th October and 3rdNovember 2017 … More Call urgent meeting with farmers’ organizations before the next round of ITPGRFA negotiations

In rural Marathwada farmers are still reeling from the effects of the November 2016 demonetisation

By Parth MN* Ten months after currency notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 were scrapped on November 8 last year, the ghost of demonetisation continues to haunt Deepak Badavne. In early November, Badavne had harvested 31 quintals of cotton from his 2.5 acre farm. He expected good returns on it. “The trader arranged for … More In rural Marathwada farmers are still reeling from the effects of the November 2016 demonetisation

Farm suicides also reflect mental hopelessness, weak resilience of emotionally fragile farmers

By Moin Qazi* How many deaths will it take ‘til he knows That too many people have died The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind, The answer is blowin’ in the wind. –Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureate Large swathes of cotton farms in central India have been the epicentre of the debt crisis that … More Farm suicides also reflect mental hopelessness, weak resilience of emotionally fragile farmers

Farmer suicides are simply a reflection or symptom of how fragile India’s agricultural economy is

By Moin Qazi* His speech is of mortgaged bedding, On his kine he borrows yet, At his heart is his daughter’s wedding, In his eye foreknowledged of debt. He eats and hath indigestion, He toils and he may not stop; His life is a long-drawn question Between a crop and a crop. — Rudyard Kipling, “The … More Farmer suicides are simply a reflection or symptom of how fragile India’s agricultural economy is