Can Organic Farming Feed the World?

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Posted by admin | Posted in Agri Sci | Posted on 07-07-2016

Forty five years have passed since Earl Butz, then U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, asserted, “Before we go back to organic agriculture in this country, somebody must decide which 50 million Americans we are going to let starve or go hungry.” Time has proven Butz very wrong. Read the rest of this entry »

What stops crop diversification and Why don’t Indian farmers grow more fruits and vegetables?

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Posted by admin | Posted in Agri Knowledge, Agri Sci | Posted on 27-06-2016

Out of intellectual as well as professional curiosity, I have being digging deeper into this question. In India, rice and wheat comprise 70 percent of agricultural produce by area, but less than 25 percent by value. In other words, wheat and rice are low value crops to grow compared to other options. Yet, the land area dedicated to wheat and rice has not seen a significant decrease in the last decade.

Government data shows that the consumption of wheat and rice has been declining around 1-2 percent in both urban and rural India, while the demand for fruits and vegetables has been rising by 2-3 percent annually. This again begs the question: Why aren’t farmers shifting to growing more fruits and vegetables? Read the rest of this entry »

The State of Food and Agriculture 2015

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Posted by admin | Posted in Agri Sci | Posted on 11-05-2016

The State of Food and Agriculture 2015
Social protection and agriculture: breaking the cycle of rural poverty

 The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on reducing poverty have been met by many countries, yet many others lag behind and the post-2015 challenge will be the full eradication of poverty and hunger. Many developing countries increasingly recognize that social protection measures are needed to relieve the immediate deprivation of people living in poverty and to prevent others from falling into poverty when a crisis strikes. Social protection can also help recipients become more productive by enabling them to manage risks, build assets and undertake more rewarding activities.

These benefits spread beyond the immediate recipients to their communities and the broader economy as recipients purchase food, agricultural inputs and other rural goods and services. But social protection can only offer a sustainable pathway out of poverty if there is inclusive growth in the economy. In most low- and middle-income countries, agriculture remains the largest employer of the poor and is a major source of livelihoods through wage labour and own production for household consumption and the market. Poverty and its corollaries –malnutrition, illness and lack of education – limit agricultural productivity. Hence, providing social protection and pursuing agricultural
development in an integrated way offers synergies that can increase the effectiveness of both.

Agri Consultants without Borders

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Posted by admin | Posted in Agri Sci | Posted on 10-05-2016

We are the Agricultural Consultants Without Borders, an international voluntary group dedicated to bring about change in approach and sharing of knowledge in the diverse field of Agriculture, bringing in synergy with the other co-operating professions encompassing livestock, aquaculture, healthy ecosystems, public health and food security, sustainable development. as we say “the advent of Civilization depended on Agriculture and so is its future”……. Read the rest of this entry »

There’s enough to feed 7 billion, but 1 Billion still hungry

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Posted by admin | Posted in Agri Sci | Posted on 19-09-2011

Last year, 925 million people suffered from hunger. But the wide misconception is that there simply isn’t enough food to go around. On the contrary, experts argue, there is enough for everyone.  “We have enough food for everyone, yet nearly a billion go hungry,” United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in a July message that marked population day.

Experts blame people, not nature, for many causes of hunger. For example, climate change’s effects are linked to increased risks of droughts that hit harvests, while market speculation fuels food price inflation. And conflicts displace people or disrupt food-aid delivery, while broad economic disparities in many countries also cause hunger. Add to this the many people who lack the finances or the rights to buy or use enough land to grow their food. Read the rest of this entry »