Farmers shouldn’t have to die before the government addresses rampant pesticide misuse

By: Joe Hill A recent study in Jharkhand showed that farmers are unaware of how to correctly use different chemicals and do not use any protective gear during the process. The deaths and hospitalisation of farmers in Maharashtra raises to the forefront the question of state government culpability for its negligence in regulating the pesticide sector. The… Read More Farmers shouldn’t have to die before the government addresses rampant pesticide misuse

Why farmers remain uninformed about pesticides and their use

Manufacturers and state governments have done little to inform farmers about approved uses of pesticides and hazards of using illegal ones. The Central Insecticides Board and Registration Committee (CIBRC), under the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, provides information on approved uses of pesticides, dosages and waiting period of pesticides on its website. But a… Read More Why farmers remain uninformed about pesticides and their use

Climate perceptions of rural communities in south Rajasthan

A recent study in SPWD’s project location in south Rajasthan looks at the impact of climate variability on agriculture production, food security and livestock. Smallholder farmers here face a gamut of agricultural production risks, which has got further accentuated because of climate uncertainties that present new risks and vulnerabilities. The study ‘Climate perceptions of households… Read More Climate perceptions of rural communities in south Rajasthan

Rice farms are not climate-smart, says study

Agriculture along with land use change, is an important source of climate change, and contributes to 31 percent of anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, mostly in developing countries. BMZ-GIZ program on ‘Soil protection and rehabilitation for food security’ as part of Germany’s special initiative “One world – no hunger” has been pushing the climate-smart agriculture… Read More Rice farms are not climate-smart, says study