Like many African women, Mazoe Gondwe is her family’s main food provider. Lately she has struggled to farm her plot in Malawi due to unpredictable rains that are making her life even tougher.
Women toil to expand Africa\'s food supply
by , The Hindu, 27 December, 2008
The Central government has admitted before Supreme Court that there was large-scale import of genetically engineered food materials without any scientific examination of its impact on environment and human beings. Petitioner Vandana Shiva in a rejoinder claimed the government has conceded to the averments made out in the writ petition namely that large scale import of genetically engineered foods are being made into India without any checks.
Government admits import of GM crops sans scientific test
by , The Deccan Herald, 24 December, 2008
Hunger is keeping pace with economic growth. At a time when economy is growing at an average of 7 to 8 per cent, hunger too is growing. The 2006-07 report of the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) brings out the stark truth. The correlation between hunger and economic growth is robustly positive—the more the economic growth, the more people go to bed hungry. This challenges the widely held view that economic growth pulls the poor out of poverty and hunger. The disturbing report, which should have shocked the nation and has lessons for the global economic community, has been largely ignored. While all efforts are aimed at minimising the impact of the financial meltdown, the damning indictment of the state\'s failure in feeding its population receives scant attention. It appears that the definition of a welfare state is now being interpreted to mean only corporate welfare.
Living on the edge
by Devinder Sharma, DNA, 13 December, 2008
Fertile soil and adequate water resources, though important, cannot alone ensure a good yield. Inputs such as fertilizers and manures are essential. “Today chemical fertilizers cost a lot, and a sudden shortage in their availability makes a small farmer desperate for an alternative,” says Dr. G. Namalwar, organic scientist. In addition to buying these chemicals at a high cost, and applying them, a farmer cannot be assured of good yield. “Constant application of these chemical salts makes even a fertile land barren over time and it takes several years to reclaim the land,” he explains.
Sustainable farming: low investment, maximum returns
by M.J.PRABU, Hindu, 01 January, 2009
The recent escalation in food prices is the latest calamity to hit the poor and marginalised communities in India. The price of food and other essentials has been rising for the last 12 weeks and the current inflation level is the highest witnessed since November 2004. Retail prices of some essential food commodities have seen a sharp increase. Retail prices of gram, sugar, mustard oil, vanaspati and onions have increased by up to 11 per cent in the national Capital in the last one month, pushing inflation to a 39-month high of seven per cent.1
Food Crisis Exposes Failings of India’s Agricultural Reforms
by Afsar Jafri, Mainstream, 02 August, 2008