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Climate smart crops

Tubers, pulses and millets are important for the livelihoods and nutrition of poor farmers, especially in fragile regions. These crops are not only underutilised, but are also under-researched. Ama Sangathan,...

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Uncultivated foods – The hidden treasure

The share of uncultivated foods from the forest has gradually declined in the diets of Paharia tribes in Jharkhand. Initiatives like conservation, preservation, processing of uncultivated foods has helped them...

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Pulse Panchayat – Achieving self sufficiency in pulse production

Pulse panchayat is an integrated approach in establishing a sustainable production, value addition and marketing system. The initiative implemented by a Farmer Producer Company in Tamil Nadu, is moving towards...

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Farming without pumps

Many farmers in the regions adjoining Karnataka and Kerala are relying on Surangas, the traditional water harvesting structures, for meeting water requirements of their crops. Surangas are man made caves...

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The Narayana Reddy Column

Humus – key to soil water conservation Next to air, water is the most important for the survival of any living organism. In agriculture, water plays an important role in crop...

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Integrated small scale water resources Management in Maharashtra

Involving local communities in identifying local solutions is the best way to address local water problems. Experience of MITTRA is one such example which depicts communities taking charge of developing...

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Modern Holland: built on centuries-old system

Holland is famous for its polders, or reclaimed land below sea level. The shaping of the Dutch landscape goes back to the 12th century, when rising water levels threatened agricultural...

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Running water uphill with a ram pump

Gravity makes water run downhill, so people and communities living in mountainous areas often have more difficulties in accessing sufficient water. As this example from the Philippines shows, simple technologies can...

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