With less than one percent of the world’s area, Nepal is home to a disproportionately large number of plant species. Yet large numbers of the population are food insecure, and hunger and malnutrition are prevalent. Statistics show that the situation has worsened during the past two decades. The worst-affected segments of the population are the tribal and nomadic communities, whose local agriculture and natural resource management systems are jeopardised by public and private programmes built around a high-external-input agriculture. Isn’t it time to try a different approach?

As India celebrates two decades of economic reform, agriculture remains a laggard despite its potential
July is a month when we need to remind ourselves how reforms have changed India since 1991, from vulnerability to resilience, whether to external shocks (say, oil) or internal ones (droughts).

In 2009, we witnessed the worst drought since 1972, yet the agricultural growth rate stayed positiv

Fatehabad: Haryana is the first state in the country to have issued soil and water health cards to its farmers after testing their soil for nutrients and micronutrients, and verifying the quality of their subsoil water.

Agriculture Minister Paramvir Singh said today the state Agriculture Department had so far issued such cards to over 10 lakh farmers, 60,000 of them from Fatehabad.

He said d

A field experiment was conducted during 2004-2006 taking greengram-mustard-cowpea crop sequence with greengram cv. 'SML 668' in kharif, mustard cv. 'Pusa Jaikisan' in rabi and cowpea cv. 'Pusa Komal' in summer. The objective was to study the effect of conservation tillage and crop establishment practices on performance, energy saving and soil organic carbon content in the system.

There is a need to break yield barriers through multidimensional approch to achieve food security on a sustainable basis for the people of this country. Cooperatives can play an important role in this direction due to their proximity to farmers. The Indian Farmers' Fertilizer Cooperative Limited (IFFCO), since over the last four decades, is providing services to farmers and cooperatives through various programmes, besides ensuring fertilizers availability.

The UN Conference on the Environment held in 1992 in Rio-de-Janeiro is a landmark in human efforts to keep our planet over blue. Twenty years after Rio, we are struggling to find a pathway of development which concurrently integrates the principles of ecology, economics, equity, ethics and employment. Green Economy can be defined as, "Enhancing economic growth in perpetuity without associated ecological and/or social harm.

Tackle Farm Sector Problems To Curb Food Prices: Report
New Delhi: For long, inflation has been known to be a tax on the poor. A new study shows just how much of a tax it has been in the last three years

In 2007-08, staring at a global food crisis, a nervous government banned export of wheat and non-basmati rice without bothering to create the space for the stocks the country would hold back.

Today, with the granaries overflowing, the government is struggling rid itself of stocks that it just cannot manage.

Thanks to the export ban and a bumper wheat harvest, the government is staring at 65.

Punjab's attempts at diversification from water-guzzling paddy hasn

The Government of India has announced that subsidies on fertilisers, kerosene and liquefied petroleum gas will be replaced by cash transfers to end users. A close examination of the objectives of the subsidies in fertiliser and kerosene and the implications of the shift raises some challenging questions.