With the growing threat of food insecurity and a largely erratic rainfall pattern, Kerala, despite its very high rate of annual precipitation, has embarked on a series of large budget irrigation schemes. However, with the shift in acreage in favour of certain cash crops which demand relatively less moisture, the requirement of water in agriculture may change.

cashew farmers in Kerala are a hapless lot. They are dogged by the falling prices of their produce and stiff competition caused by the wto regime. However, there is hope in going organic.