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Promoting the understanding and appreciation of agricultural research and the vital role it plays in human advancement

10
May

Several thousand waiting tons

Balancing pigeonpea interests across two continents Ashish Goswami looks reflectively at the large godown, in Arusha, Tanzania, the white bags accentuating the lines of concern on his face. When the going is good, there would be over 200 people working...
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03
May

Farm production: Are we growing enough pulses?

We are moving towards self-sufficiency. The annual pulses production averaged 23.7 million tonnes in the past three years, an 80% increase over the average of the three-year period ending 2003-04. This was led by chickpea, whose share in pulses production...
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16
Mar

Why India needs a land leasing framework

Ensuring food and nutrition security and tackling the looming threat of climate change makes land reforms necessary.   PM-KISAN (Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi) is one of the largest income support schemes for small-holder farmers in the world. A targetted...
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28
Jan

Misuse of the term ‘empowerment’ in daily conversations

In a world where ‘gender integration’ or ‘gender mainstreaming’ is prioritised and practiced, actors from different backgrounds come together in a ‘marriage’ arrangement of sorts, aimed at a joint objective. One outcome of this endeavor is that  participants start learning new words...
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18
Jan

Few alternative thoughts to farm loan waivers

A big development in the run-up to the General Elections to the Lok Sabha later this year has been around the announcements by few political parties to waive off farm loans if they are voted to power. I have no...
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07
Nov

Digital disruption in agriculture

Agriculture in India contributes to about 17% of GDP but employs nearly 55% of the population. There are about 140 m Small Holder Farmers (SHF) in India practicing subsistence farming with limited participation in markets beyond the local level. About...
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04
Oct

Fall Armyworm: Nipping a problem in the bud

India has to effectively deal with this new insect that can devastate maize and a host of other crops. This pest has been seen in the Americas since several decades.   The occurrence of a new insect pest, Fall Armyworm...
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26
Sep

Plant-based meat – the future of protein

How many of you have heard about plant-based meat? Does it sound strange, maybe yummy 😊 or not sure what? As panel expert for a first-of-its-kind summit on “The future of protein: The new food revolution” co-hosted by The Good...
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26
Jul

A thriving community of women seed producers

It started with just three women farmers who were part of a pilot from Pagou village, Burkina Faso, who were trained on improved groundnut seed production in 2015. The three women brought in 180 new members to three multi-stakeholder platforms...
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06
Jul

Who are those people we call farmers?

Agricultural interventions should match household aspirations Just about six percent of rural households in Kenya, aspire for their children to become farmers. This is highlighted through a recent study that interviewed 624 rural households from Embu and Kitui in eastern...
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26
Jun

Preserving legacy grains: The Persa Jonna story

In Sidam Tulsiram’s village in Telangana state, India, no festivity or ritual is complete without the traditionally revered jowar (sorghum) grains. Whether it is a wedding, a groundbreaking or the sowing of the first crop of the year in the...
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08
Jun

Defining India’s Agtech Buzz

  Use of digital technology for creating hyperlocal solutions and value-added services for agriculture is no longer just a blip on the radar of startups. It is an area that is fast gaining traction with tech companies, digital entrepreneurs and startups...
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29
May

Climate-proofing Indian agriculture

Climate change has perhaps posed the most extreme challenges that agriculture in India and across the world has to deal with today and in the future. There is now scientific consensus that the world is getting warmer due to climate change and such increasing weather variability and worsening extremes will impact the agriculture sector more and more adversely.
26
Apr

A ‘trash’ course on Ag Plastics

The last time I attended a talk on trash was at the ICRISAT headquarters based in India, where a group had come together to work towards making the campus plastic-free. While I did know of the many dangers of polythene...
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28
Feb

Looking beyond the big staples

Improving nutrition through diet diversification and better food systems is key to good health and for this, we need to look beyond the big staples, says Dr Prabhu Pingali in this video blog. “Defining pathways to link agriculture and nutrition...
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14
Feb

Resilience over profitability: Could agricultural research deliver on both?

A new study that looked at the recent research strategy vis-à-vis 45-years of research done by ICRISAT shows that distinct objectives of resilience and profitability have emerged. Sometimes technologies evolve in the labs or on farmers fields and what is good for developing resilience of smallholder farmers turns out to be effective in enhancing profitability or vice versa. Thus highlighting the intent to conduct research with clear focus and to have an open mind at the same time.
04
Jul

Like our crops, we have grown

Mid-way through a meeting between local farmers and close to 30 national and provincial level participants attending a three-day country strategy development workshop with ICRISAT in Zimbabwe, someone asks the golden question: “Is this irrigation scheme making money for farmers?”...
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25
Apr

IP at ICRISAT: In tune with an evolving innovation landscape

How is ICRISAT adapting to the IP legal framework given present day realities and innovations in agriculture. Find out on the occasion of World Intellectual Property Day today. ICRISAT works towards reducing poverty, hunger, malnutrition and environmental degradation in the...
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07
Apr

Combating Aflatoxin for a healthy world

What you see may not be what you get: The case of peanut butter   Ever wondered what processes the mouth-watering peanut butter you scoop out of a bottle has gone through before landing on your plate? Who judged if...
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24
Mar

When cities come closer to villages

“Villages and urban towns are coming closer. Better roads, infrastructure and connectivity, improvement in transport facilities and greater market integration are helping in easily linking villages with urban towns and cities. Mobile phones, television and internet have now become important...
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