Severe droughts and floods to hit Indo-Gangetic plain, warn Indian, Chinese researchers

The Indo-Gangetic plain, India’s most populous and fertile region, will face extreme climatic conditions such as severe droughts if the burning of fossil fuel continues unabated and government policies fail to intervene, a group of Indian and Chinese researchers has warned. The droughts, a possible result of the reckless burning of fossil fuels combined with […]

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India faces headwinds at WTO over food security, farm, trade demands

Geneva: Top officials from India’s commerce ministry lobbied hard last week to ensure tangible outcomes in agriculture and services at the World Trade Organization (WTO) ministerial meeting in Buenos Aires later this year, several trade envoys familiar with the closed-door meetings said. India, however, encountered strong headwinds from major industrialized and some developing countries for its […]

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To ensure food security, it is time to revisit the mega food park model in India

It’s no surprise that after China, India is the second largest food producer in the world, with food and groceries forming about 31% of the consumption basket. However, compared to the US and China which process 65% and 23%, respectively, of their perishables, India is able to process only 7%, which is insignificant. Even the […]

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The perils of inaction on climate change in Pakistan

Extreme and erratic weather conditions, regular floods and lower agricultural outputs call for urgent adaptation reforms to counter the adverse effects of climate change in Pakistan. Currently, Pakistan ranks seventh in the 10 countries that are most affected by climate change globally, with 133 events directly attributed to it in the last two decades and costing the […]

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Winston Churchill failed—will Trump back Indian food security challenge?

The independent-minded Congress member of parliament (MP) Shashi Tharoor has more in common with the rival Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) than he imagines. Both Tharoor and the BJP minister, M.J Akbar, who was one of India’s leading journalists and editors before joining politics, have impeccable nationalist credentials and both have compared Winston Churchill—the war hero—with […]

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Conflict now eroding food security in ‘stable’ areas of South Sudan – UN Mission

   The ongoing conflict in South Sudan is affecting food security in some of the country’s more “stable” states, the head of United Nations peacekeeping operation there has said. “Dwindling provisions arriving in the town and skyrocketing food prices have meant that places like Aweil, which are generally peaceful, have suffered the effects of the […]

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Uttarakhand may record 7 % dip in wheat yield, say agricultural scientists

DEHRADUN: Uttarakhand may record a 7% dip in wheat yield this year, according to agricultural scientists who largely blame climate changefor this. As per the latest report compiled by the state agricultural department, scanty rainfall is primarily responsible for this dip in output. Although final numbers are still being tabulated, sources in the department said that the districts of Nainital, Almora, Bageshwar, Tehri […]

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Indian basmati rice all set to get GI tag

Petition of Lahore-based Basmati Growers Association challenging India’s claim dismissed. Seven years after an application was made to get the ‘Geographical Indication’ tag for Indian basmati rice grown in certain States, the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) on Friday cleared the decks for issuing the tag. The application has been mired in litigation after farmers […]

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Here’s what you need to know about the new Paris climate agreement

By Ben Adler on 12 Dec 2015 PARIS, France — The Paris Agreement to address climate change, adopted on Saturday, will be remembered as a big step forward and at the same time a frustrating set of compromises and omissions. The COP21 conference brought every country to the table, they all accepted the science of climate change, and they agreed […]

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COP 21

PARIS, 10 December 2015 (IRIN) – As weather becomes more extreme and erratic, the scramble for a bigger and better set of tools to cope with the fallout is on. “Science is quite clear that we’re experiencing more frequent extremes. While we’re sure about some of the impacts and extremes, we’re also getting more surprises,” […]

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