Save and grow in practice: maize, rice, wheat – A guide to sustainable cereal production

Sustainable crop production intensification can help to feed the world while protecting its natural resource, says a new report by FAO. This report by the Food and Agriculture Organization published in early 2016 deals with maize, rice and wheat, the three cereals fundamental to world food security. In most of the developing world, farmers obtain… Read More Save and grow in practice: maize, rice, wheat – A guide to sustainable cereal production

Water to every farm? – Emulate Madhya Pradesh’s irrigation reform

IWMI Tata’s Water Policy Research Highlight (01) for 2016 by Tushaar Shah, Gourav Mishra, Pankaj Kela and Pennan Chinnasamy deals with how Madhya Pradesh focused on two low hanging fruits to multiply the state’s irrigated area quickly, at small incremental cost, delivering double-digit agricultural growth. What are those reform strategies that the rest of India… Read More Water to every farm? – Emulate Madhya Pradesh’s irrigation reform

Addressing the water-jobs nexus through coordinated policies

Per the 2016 United Nations World Water Development Report ‘Water and Jobs’ launched on World Water Day (22 March, 2016) in Geneva “three out of four of the jobs worldwide are water-dependent. In fact, water shortages and lack of access may limit economic growth in the years to come”. The UN Secretary General in his… Read More Addressing the water-jobs nexus through coordinated policies

Soil fertility gets a fillip through the efforts of an organic crusader

For more than a decade, Rampada Mahato as a young boy from a small village in Purulia district of West Bengal had been watching his elders practising organic farming in their farmlands. It was his father who introduced chemical fertilizers and pesticides for the first time in the village with the expectation of getting enhanced… Read More Soil fertility gets a fillip through the efforts of an organic crusader