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Cause of declining nutritional quality in India: is it biased Green Revolution?

 

Malnutrition affecting one in five Indians

45 percent of all children under age three in India are underweight – a higher average prevalence than in sub-Saharan Africa (UNISEF)

Despite vast improvements in the country’s economy, under-nutrition remains a challenge in India. While real incomes and real wages have increased, there has been an offsetting reduction in

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Climate change politics and poor farmers

The impact of climate change on the world poverty is an issue of great significance but has not given needed attention in current climate change debate. It is not an issue that can be left to the future as the impact is already felt in many parts of the world. Climate change can affect our

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EU farm subsidy, world poverty and Indian farmers’ suicide

Recently I was in Tarragona (Spain) and had some discussion about poverty in India, Indians’ resistance to EU-US farm subsidies, and links to poverty and farmers’ suicide in India. I was putting some strong points like we in Europe are equally responsible for farmers’ suicide and poverty in the world. We all have blood in

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Brazil and Bihar – different context but same story

Land distribution in Brazil

Today, 47 percent of Brazil’s land is owned by just 1 percent of the population, making the country’s land distribution the second most unequal in the world and a glaring inequality in a nation known for its stark division between rich and poor. As a result, a class of four and a

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Patrick Swayze, City of Joy and Bihar

“One thing I’m not going to do is chase staying alive. You spend so much time chasing staying alive, you won’t live.” – Patrick Swayze.

The actor Patrick Swayze died on 14th of Sept 2009 at the age of 57 after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

Still from film City of Joy

Patric Swayze

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Green revolution and sustainable agriculture

…The Green Revolution contributed significatnly in technology transfer from developed world to poor countries. These technologies included improved crop varieties, irrigation methods and management, chemical fertilizers (mainly nitrogen and phosphate), chemical pesticides, management practices etc.
…The high yielding varieties needed high amount of water in frequent interval of irrigation and high dose of chemical fertiliser. While agricultural output increased as a result of the Green Revolution, the energy input to produce a crop has increased faster [2]. Therefore, the per unit of crops produced to energy input has decreased over time. Use of petroleum related agriculture chemicals (fertiliser and pesticide) and high energy need for irrigation made agriculture highly dependent on fossil fuel. So some of the fear of the Peak Oil theory also haunts agriculture…

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Underdeveloped Agriculture – cause of the most of cities’ problem

Blaming poor villagers for our cities problems seems a strange logic but this is very true at least in India. When I was talking to some researchers in urban planning at university of Sheffield, they found it very interesting complex system research in social science.
Let me start with some revealing news from India. Half of

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Effect of draught…

India’s annual monsoon rainfall has been 27% lower than the 50-year average in the June 1-Aug 17 period. In Bihar annual rainfall this year is 43% lower than the average of last 50 years(some media is quoting more than 50% shortfall). There was a shortfall of 57.7 per cent in paddy crop coverage and 27.4

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Indian Independence or an emotional slavery?

Today India is celebrating the 63rd anniversary of Independence which they got on 15th of August 1947 from British coloniser. They celebrate this day as victory of Indian Freedom fighters who chose to risk ‘their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honour’ against the militarily-superior British.

Family outdoor house where my grandparent use to live

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