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GM crops sprout in an Indian village

Aarkavaadi is a typical Indian village in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. It has a population of 1870, with women very much outnumbering the men. The main source of livelyhood is farming of rice, groundnuts, tapioca and sugarcane. But now some farmers are being approached to grow geneticaly modified cotton. Natasha Garyali sent this personal report from Aarkavaadi. ... more

Urban farming thrives in Cuba

by Jason Mark

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Cubans in towns and cities began spontaneously to grow their own food � organically - in whatever spaces available. In doing so, they started a revolution in food production which now makes a major contribution to their health and wellbeing. This is the first of a two-part article. ... more

'Biofuels can help rural farmers'
Biofuels have come under attack for taking up land needed for food and wildlife, but now a new study says the increase in world agriculture prices caused by the global boom in biofuels could benefit many of the world�s rural poor. ... more

Urban farming thrives in Cuba (part two)

by Jason Mark

In the first of two articles Jason Mark told how a combination of necessity and government support saw organic urban agriculture take off in Cuba. Here he explains just how the system works and brings the story up to date. ... more

Indian farmers learn from old ways

by Fehmida Zakeer

Looking to the west for new and better technologies in every sphere of life is the norm in many developing countries. But now thousands of farmers in India have rediscovered the wealth and potential of traditional sciences. ... more

Farming in the city - a growing imperative
by Lester R. Brown

Last month, Henrylito Tacio reported on how urban farmers are helping to feed the growing city populations of the world. Here Lester Brown takes up the same theme arguing that as oil prices rise, as they invitably will, the economic benefits of expanding urban agriculture, even in affluent societies, will become much more obvious. ... more

Indian women take the lead in organic farming
by Bhavdeep Kang

For millions of rural Indian women, organic agriculture offers escape from the three demons of debt, disease and destitution,says Bhavdep Kang, but despite all the evidence they have gained little support from government. ... more

Urban farming can help feed city millions
by Henrylito D. Tacio

Despite its rapid growth and modernization the income from farmers living in and around Beijing has doubled in recent years, according to the 2007 State of the World report, and it is not alone, as urban argiculture shows its potential to help feed city citizens around the world. ... more

Organic farming 'improving Ethiopian yields'
by Lim Li Ching

Organic farming and sustainable agriculture practices in Ethiopia have brought about significant benefits to poor farmers and communities, according to the country's top environment official. ... more

India's women farmers show way to organic future

by Neeta Lal

Away from media glare, the farmers of Khakrola village in Himachal Pradesh - a mere blip on India's geographic radar - have been working tirelessly to usher in a new green revolution. ... more

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