Mangrove ecosystems should be better protected

A recent study reveals alarming rate of mangrove habitat loss in south-east Asia. The region contains the greatest proportion (33.8 per cent) of the global mangrove forest straddling across 1,34,257 sqkm. Mangroves are salt-tolerant evergreen forests that are found along coastlines, lagoons, rivers or deltas in tropical and subtropical countries and areas around the world,…

India ranks lowest in food sustainability

India ranks last among the 25 countries that were ranked according to their food system, as per a report by the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition and the Economist Intelligence Unit. The report ‘Fixing food – towards a more sustainable food system’ uses the Food Sustainability Index (FSI) and reports on the food system…

Shifting cultivation under threat

A study by SPWD on ‘Environmental, social and health implications of shifting cultivation’ points to the risk faced by the rich agro-biodiverse systems of the shifting cultivation lands in Odisha and Chhattisgarh. The study looked at shifting cultivation practices by two Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) in two districts and confirms the distinctiveness of shifting…

Need a layered approach to aligning wage employment and crop insurance schemes

A report by the International Institute for Environment and Development makes a case for promoting better alignment between the Mahatma Gandhi National Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) and Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme (WBCIS). To do this, the report authored by Steinbach, D et al suggests that “policymakers also need to address structural constraints that limit…

Study decries slow pace of recognition of community forest rights

Just about 3 percent of the minimum potential of Community Forest Rights could be achieved in the last ten years, as per a recent report. Titled ‘Promise and Performance: Ten Years of the Forest Rights Act in India’ the report released late last year was produced as a part of Community Forest Rights-Learning and Advocacy…

Delhi declaration on agrobiodiversity management

The first International Agrobiodiversity Congress held in New Delhi, India, from 6 to 9 November, 2016 was attended by over 900 participants from 60 countries. Delegates discussed various aspects of conservation, management, access and use of agrobiodiversity in 16 technical sessions, four satellite sessions, a genebank roundtable, a public forum, a farmers’ forum and poster…