TRADE IN AGRICULTURE
New designs on foreign lands
Cross-border investments to acquire or lease thousands of hectares of lands hope to take advantage of cheaper
input costs in some countries.
FOOD PRICE INFLATION
Watching prices rise, helplessly
The current situation of impotence that the Government finds itself in should prompt some soul searching about the reliance on market mechanisms to
take care of India's food security.
Farmers sour on sugar cane
The handling of sugar production, sale and external trade by the government shows a complete absence of strategic planning on an
issue that critically affects the aam aadmi.
Trade in Agriculture
FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
ASEAN FTA - a hasty, unbalanced deal
Competition from the trade bloc is a cause of worry in Kerala.
But the Centre has over-ridden the State's objections to its newest free trade agreement.
GLOBAL ECONOMIC CRISIS
Patterns from the past
The current crisis has some striking similarities with the fallout in India of the Great Depression.
Indian farmers were pushed deep into debt, and the overall economy suffered.
TRADE IN AGRICULTURE
Outsourcing food production
The political economy of food is being rewritten, with countries and companies moving to acquire
large tracts of farmland and secure their interests.
OPINION: US FARM BILL 2007
Protection at home, preaching abroad
In clear disregard for the ongoing multilateral negotiations, the United States is attempting to protect its already heavily fortified agriculture further.
ASEAN trade agreement will hurt Kerala farmers
India's share in international trade has increased from 0.7 percent to 1
percent, which is a remarkable achievement, some say. In the meantime,
lakhs of farmers in Kerala are being adversely affected by reduction
of import tariffs on edible oils, spices and other cash crops.
The Malnad mela
No matter which way India's seed policies are heading, the underlying purpose of
Malnad's home garden program as a community conservation initiative for the
preservation of genetic diversity, organic agriculture, health and ecologically
sensitive livelihoods remains undiluted.
reports from northern Karnataka.
Weeding out wheat
Claiming highest quality standards in the world when it comes to its own
agricultural imports, the United States has no qualms in exporting
sub-standard wheat to India. US participation in India's wheat procurement
cannot be at the cost of India softening quarantine standards,
New terms of harvest
Is contract farming the answer to the current woes confronting the nation's farmers, as various corporates claim?
Or has the agri-business sector played the right trick at just the right time, with traditional agriculture in the doldrums in so many regions?
Timbaktu Organic is scaling up
This year, 160 farmers in Andhra Pradesh's Anantapur district committed 480 acres
for organic production. Two complete cycles of procurement, processing, and
marketing of organic produce in a number of cities have already been completed.
says Timbaktu Organic is expanding.
Importing a farming crisis
India is unilaterally opening its doors to imports of wheat at a time when several contentious issues remain to be
settled in the World Trade Organisation. This deliberate step up will result in serious consequences, and weaken the
country's bargaining power, writes
Ashok B Sharma.
INDO-US AGRICULTURE DEAL
Nukes in favour, crops downgraded
The Green Revolution was a publicly owned technology, but the current version is its opposite; processes, products, and
research methodologies are caged in patents and the farmer has little say or control. But chasing nuclear stardom, India
has once again sacrificed agriculture, writes
WTO HONG KONG MINISTERIAL
Much ado about nothing
For the sixth time in a row, the trade ministers of the developing
world have been duped to believe that agricultural trade is for
development. Despite making loud noises and fuming over injustice,
the faulty framework that underlies the WTO remains very much in place, says