To improve lives, farmers need a way out of agriculture, into manufacturing or services sector

By Moin Qazi* Princes and lords may flourish, or may fade;  A breath can make them, as a breath has made;  But a bold peasantry, their country’s pride,  When once destroyed, can never be supplied – Oliver Goldsmith, “The Deserted Village” Small farmers are the key to ending poverty and hunger and promoting sustainable development. … More To improve lives, farmers need a way out of agriculture, into manufacturing or services sector

Many of serious problems of rural poor are result of our misguided projects impairing local ecology

By Moin Qazi* India has long been a testing ground for several western products, particularly in agriculture and medicine—making the most of loose regulations and genetic diversity of a huge population. It is done to help cut research costs dramatically for lucrative products to be sold in the West. The relationship is highly exploitative and … More Many of serious problems of rural poor are result of our misguided projects impairing local ecology

50% of water released into canals from Narmada dam wasn’t accounted for. Where did it go?

Khedut Samaj (Gujarat)  general secretary Sagar Rabari’s open letter to Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani: Congratulations to you for returning to power, which may be more due to the failure of the Opposition rather than to success of your policies. May I say that I have a special reason to write this letter as the … More 50% of water released into canals from Narmada dam wasn’t accounted for. Where did it go?

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