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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Agenda to Bring New Corporate Issues into the WTO is Defeated, But So Are Developing Countries’ Demands for More Policy Space for Development

Nairobi, Kenya – At the first ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Africa, it was clear that the majority of members opposed further WTO expansion, and fortunately the effort by some developed countries to impose new pro-corporate issues on the agenda was defeated. However, the 162 WTO members also failed to affirm […]

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Don’t buy the spin: The WTO talks in Nairobi ended badly and India will pay a price

India’s Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, invited into a select group to negotiate the final text of the Nairobi agreement, let the rich countries have their way. Biraj Patnaik and Timothy A Wise; 24 December 2015  It didn’t take long for the spin masters to begin working their magic on the latest dismal World Trade Organisation summit […]

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