Crop residue burning in North India affects rest of India too: study

Crop residue burning in Punjab and Haryana is often blamed for worsening air quality in the Delhi National Capital Region. Now a new study by scientists working in the US and India has found that impact of crop residue burning in the Northwest region can spread as far as central and southern states – Maharashtra,… Read More Crop residue burning in North India affects rest of India too: study

India’s water stock shrinking, says NASA study

A research by M Rodell et al published online in Nature this week suggests groundwater depletion in India. The study points that unsustainable water use in India is threatening agricultural production and raising the spectre of a major water crisis. Matthew Rodell of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and colleagues used data from the Gravity… Read More India’s water stock shrinking, says NASA study

महिलाओं के अनुकूल कृषि मशीनीकरण की नई पहल

देश के कुल कृषि श्रमिकों की आबादी में करीब 37 प्रतिशत महिलाएं हैं। लेकिन, खेतीबाड़ी में उपयोग होने वाले ज्यादातर औजार, उपकरण और मशीनें पुरुषों के लिए ही बनाए जाते हैं। अधिकतर उपकरण महिलाओं की कार्यक्षमता के अनुकूल नहीं होते हैं। वैज्ञानिकों द्वारा महिलाओं के अनुकूल उपकरण और औजार बनाए जाने की पहल से यह… Read More महिलाओं के अनुकूल कृषि मशीनीकरण की नई पहल

Misuse of chemical pesticides in Jharkhand: What should be done?

On the 3rd April 2018, at the 2nd International Agroecology Symposium in Rome, the Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) José Graziano da Silva called for healthier and more sustainable food systems. Observing that the focus on increasing production at any cost has not been sufficient to eradicate hunger, he said that… Read More Misuse of chemical pesticides in Jharkhand: What should be done?

Monsoon modeling is not like the ‘blind men and elephant’ story

In a few weeks from now monsoon forecasts will begin. These forecasts are based on calculations made by computer modeling. The amazing advances in modeling of weather and climate is evident in the fact that given energy from the sun arriving at the top of the atmosphere, a model’s mathematical representation of the atmosphere, ocean… Read More Monsoon modeling is not like the ‘blind men and elephant’ story

Empowering Jharkhand’s female farmers

The Mahila Kisan Shashaktikaran Pariyojna (MKSP), a sub-component of the Government of India’s National Rural Livelihoods Mission, began in Jharkhand in 2014. Under the management of the Jharkhand State Livelihood Promotion Society (JSLPS), in a consortium partnership approach the Society for Promotion of Wastelands Development (SPWD) and Asian Institute for Sustainable Development (AISD) are implementing… Read More Empowering Jharkhand’s female farmers