Food systems have the potential to nurture human health and support environmental sustainability, however our current trajectories threaten both. The EAT–Lancet Commission addresses the need to feed a growing global population a healthy diet while also defining sustainable food systems that will minimise damage to our planet.
The Centre's flagship irrigation scheme - Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP) - has been found to be saddled with delays, deficiencies in planning and even serious lapses such as diversion of funds and financial irregularities were found revealed this performance audit of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) for the period of 2008 to 2017. The irrigation projects led to an almost threefold jump in the cost of these projects to ₹1.20 lakh crore said the report.
Agriculture is a major contributor to India's environmental footprint, particularly through greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from livestock and fresh water used for irrigation. These impacts are likely to increase in future as agriculture attempts to keep pace with India's growing population and changing dietary preference
Developed for the Transforming Investments in African Rainfed Agriculture (TIARA) initiative, this report explains the importance of green water and establishes the business case for investing in rainfed agriculture in Africa at scale.
The report begins with an overview of the challenges on agricultural systems to make more food available and accessible and lays out the potential of irrigation to make agriculture more productive, efficient and profitable for smallholder farmers.