A paper by Srijit Mishra probes into alternative methods of agriculture that would require less credit while also addressing other concerns on the agricultural crisis as also the agrarian crisis. Zero budget natural farming is discussed in particular. “It has been a matter of concern that the smallholders (includes marginal and small farmers) who have… Read More Is zero budget natural farming an answer to the farm crisis?
Immediate context: Year 2015-16 drought Per official data[i] (Central Government’s submission before Supreme Court) till April 19, 2016 a quarter of India’s population (33 crores people in 2,55,923 villages, 254 districts, 10 states) was drought[ii] hit. The Supreme Court Bench was hearing a petition filed by Swaraj Abhiyan, which stated that not enough attention is… Read More Strategies for managing droughts: Background note for a Seminar
This report by ICRISAT as a part of CGIAR Consortium Research Program on Dryland Systems deals with the way in which low amount and high variability of rainfall in South Asian dryland production systems have affected the livelihood of small and marginal households. A marginal change in the climate could challenge the livelihood resilience of… Read More Mapping of household vulnerability and identification of adaptation strategies in dryland systems of South Asia
A workshop on ‘Making smallholder farming sustainably viable’ was jointly held by Society for Promotion of Wastelands Development (SPWD) and National Bank for Research and Development (NABARD) from 24th – 25th February, 2016 at India International Centre, New Delhi. The workshop dedicated to the memory of Late Lovraj Kumar, Former Chairman of SPWD, brought together… Read More Making smallholder farming sustainably viable: Workshop report
In India a large proportion of farm land is with small holders. The small holders eke out their livelihood by cultivating their small holdings, rearing livestock utilizing common lands and common water resources, in conjunction with income from tree produce and from wage labour. Even though productivity of small holdings is more in comparison to… Read More Making smallholder farming sustainably viable – A background note
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
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