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…

Anantapur reels under drought

The drought sweeping across Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh has had an unpleasant outcome with 223 debt-ridden farmers committing suicide in the last two years. Not much has been done by the administration to salvage the situation in this semi-arid water scarce district that got just 284 mm rainfall. Its sloppy approach on drought relief even after…

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…

Some basic employment, but a long way to go

As per a recent paper in Development Policy Review, 2017, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), in order to enhance food security and well-being through employment in India, needs to explore longer-term solutions for employment security. An investment of around 5.3 billion dollars which amounts to 0.3 percent of the country’s gross…

Phad irrigation systems help mitigate risk of crop failure in drought prone Vidarbha

Communities have across diverse ecological and sociopolitical contexts devised myriad ways over time to harvest and manage water in order to sustain their lives and practice agriculture. Many of these systems (1) continue to function and are often more sustainable, cost-effective and successfully managed by local institutions. Phads are one such community-based and managed diversion irrigation management system…

ज्ञानार्जन से जीविकोपार्जन

ज्ञान का मार्ग सदा ही सफलता की कुंजी है | इस पथ पर चलने वाले को भले ही कभी ठोकर खानी पड़े, परन्तु कभी हार का सामना नहीं करना पड़ता | इसको ही मूल मंत्र बनाकर महज 25 साल के बिरेन्द्र महतो ने अपना मार्ग खेती की ओर प्रशस्त किया है | स्थानीय संस्थान से…