Adapting Indian agriculture to climate change
April 11, 2022
| The Hindu Business Line
India has begun to pay more attention to the ways in which climate change impacts agriculture in varying contexts. Climate change policy in Indian agriculture has an explicit focus on adaptation and developing adaptive capacity of farmers is of prime concern. Rightly so, as nearly 86 per cent of Indian agriculture is small-holder agriculture and a significant part of it, particularly in dryland areas, is subsistence agriculture where adaptation is an issue of survival.
Ploughing a new channel for India’s food systems
February 25, 2022
| The Hindu
In an effort to spur national and regional action to deliver the United Nation's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through transforming food systems, the UN Food Systems Summit has called for action by governments in five key areas: nourishment of all people; promoting nature based solutions; Advancing equitable livelihoods, good work and empowered communities; Build resilience to weaknesses, shocks and stresses: and expediting the means of implementation.
Time for a different approach to crop burning
January 28, 2021
| ET Energy World
Burning of the crop residue in the fields of North India after the harvesting of the paddy crop before Diwali leads to a very sharp spike in air pollution everyyear. This stays through the winter. Such high levels of air pollution cause a health emergency. There is a public outcry and demand for effective action and a sense of frustration at the lack of progress in solving the problem.
Ladies of the Land
January 24, 2021 |
January 28, 2021
Manish Anand of Delhi's The Energy and Resources Institute has co-authored a paper on enhancing the role of women in agriculture and allied activities and providing them institutional support.
How green is my fertiliser?
December 17, 2020 |
December 17, 2020
Working towards researching and manufacturing these nano-fertilisers for a variety of crops is the TERI Deakin Nano-Biotechnology Centre in Gurugram. It has field-tested some of these fertilisers, and found improvements in the crop yields of tomatoes, paddy and soybean, and is conducting further field trials in many states across India.
How porcupines, nilgai and boars make Indian forest communities poorer
July 19, 2020 |
July 19, 2020
People and wildlife are increasingly coming into conflict over living space and food around the world. While the conflict and loss of lives on both the sides get into limelight, little is known about the economic impact of the rising conflicts on the communities living in forests for ages despite multi-facet risks. A study by TERI has thrown a light on this recently. The study in Uttar Pradesh's Terai region at the Indo-Nepal Border, has found that the families living in the proximity of reserve forests incur 5-10 per cent monetary losses annually due to crop depredation.