ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Curbing Stubble Burning

The root cause of stubble burning and the lapses on the part of the central and state governments in controlling it are examined. The injustice done to farmers in the past is analysed, and possible policy interventions are suggested.

Payment for Ecosystem Services

Paying farmers for ecosystem services that they provide could be a novel way to achieve multiple goals of doubling the farm incomes, reduce rural–urban migration, reduce pressure on urban infrastructure, and at the same time, incentivise sustainable agrarian practices in India.

WTO and Agriculture

Many developing-country governments have not yet realised that maintaining the status quo on domestic support through 'greenbox' subsidies will be catastrophic for millions of farmers in their own countries.

Misdirected Support for Biofortification Projects

The Gates donation to the CGIAR for 'biofortification' projects comes at a time when the latter is struggling to survive, and has become something of a service centre for corporate interests. A greater humanitarian purpose would have been served had Gates instead donated grants to institutes and groups that would have helped reach available food to the poor, to ensure that the hungry are adequately fed.

Digital Library on Indian Medicine Systems

The proposal to set up a digital library on the traditional Indian systems of medicine should be stalled till an effective safeguard mechanism is prepared to prevent theft and misappropriation of the knowledge therein. In the absence of any global safeguards the digital library will simply become a source of information on bioprospecting for private companies.

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