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Seed festivals promote seed conservation: The Nel Thiruvizha in Adirengam

There is renewed interest in conserving seeds and growing traditional paddy varieties among the farmers in South India. The annual seed festivals have played a significant role in bringing about...

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The Narayana Reddy Column – Biodiverse farms are sustainable farms

I very well remember my father, who could produce food enough to feed his 94 member family from 30 acres of rainfed farm and 5 acre irrigated garden. He used...

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Evolutionary populations: Living gene banks in farmers’ fields

Rapidly increasing on-farm biodiversity is a matter of urgency in an era of climate change. Farmers often have limited access to genetic resources. Not only do they need greater access...

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Adapting to climate variation through crop diversification

While famers everywhere are struggling to cope with the changing agro-climatic conditions, a few farmers in Kumbharwadi village in Maharashtra are adapting to the situation by diversifying their cropping systems....

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Seed sovereignty for food security and livelihood improvement

Seed which was a ‘community resource’, carefully bred, conserved and evolved over thousands of years, has transformed into a ‘commercial proprietary resource’. Farmer led conservation and development of improved varieties...

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Towards food sovereignty: Millets based bio-diverse farming system

Millets are highly nutritious food crops which are hardy and are resilient to climate changes. Ironically over years, the area under these crops is declining owing to undue focus on...

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“Link biodiversity with the pleasures of food”

“When you look at the map of global agrobiodiversity hotspots you realise that they are identical with indigenous people’s habitats. These 370 million people in the world have been agrobiodiversity...

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Local seed systems: For enhancing food security and farm resilience

There is a declining trend in the species diversity among small millets. While varietal improvement research conducted by the government hardly reaches those who need them, efforts made by NGOs...

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