Food subsidies for poorest will help them cope: ADB

A hike in the cost of food staples like rice and wheat could push tens of millions more people into extreme poverty in the South Asian region including India, says an Asian Development Bank (ADB) report.

Indians, it seems, are obsessed with growth. Everyone wants to see and experience it. Growth, however, is as much elusive as it is desired.

A decade ago, Chandra Pradhani, a Paraja tribal of Nuaguda village in Kundra block of Odisha's Koraput district, would migrate to neighbouring Andhra Pradesh to earn a living as a brick kiln worker. He no longer does this. Today, he is feted by the nation. He was one of the tribal farmers honoured by prime minister Manmohan Singh at the 99th Science Congress held in Bhubaneswar in January. It is the hard labour and traditional agricultural techniques of tribal families that have helped put Koraput on the map of world agriculture.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today announced Rs 1,00,000 crore increase in the agriculture credit target to Rs 5,75,000 for the next fiscal and raised the outlay for farm sector by about Rs 3,

The first-ever Global Food Security Forum, organized by OCP Group, a Moroccan multinational corporation and a global leader in production of phosphate fertilizer, was held in Rabat, Morocco, last w

CACP’s chairman on why Indian agriculture is trapped in a cycle of mediocre growth and low productivity.

Economic growth and food security depend on healthy farm sector, whose pillar, the farmer, is still neglected.

This has reference to the article, “Beware the biotech Bill” (March 5) by Avik Roy. This was a much needed comprehensive article on genetically modified crops and the Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India Bill. The questions raised are the ones that people regularly get to hear. There is this basic assumption that GM crops will increase yields.

Science and innovation have always been the key forces behind agricultural growth in particular and economic transformation in general.

The eastern region of the country, which occasionally hits the headlines for starvation deaths, has turned into a food surplus zone thanks to a special programme launched last year to boost product