agriculture

Modi’s New Growth Recipe: Just Add Water

By Rajendra Jadhav and Mayank Bhardwaj KONDHANE/NEW DELHI, March 16 – Like his father before him, Dattatatraya Kshirsagar, 80, has been looking forward for years to the day when a $65 million dam will be completed in his village, an hour-and-a-half drive southeast of Mumbai. The dam would supply enough water to irrigate 1,000 hectares

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How Egypt Is Struggling To End Corruption In Wheat

By Eric Knecht CAIRO, March 15 – When Egyptian lawyer Ahmed Gad stepped out of a cafe on the outskirts of Cairo to take a call last October, a gunman on the back of a motorcycle trained a semi-automatic rifle on him and opened fire. Three bullets ripped into Gad’s right side before his attackers

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Indian Farmers See Modi’s Budget As All Promise, No Delivery

By Aditya Kalra and Andrew MacAskill KHANJARPUR, India, March 7 – Farmer Ram Pal Singh voted for Narendra Modi’s promise of “better days” in India‘s 2014 general election, but he won’t be backing the prime minister again even after last week’s budget promised more aid to the countryside. Growing discontent in rural India, home to

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Climate Impact Predicted to Cause 500,000 Extra Deaths in 2050

By Magdalena Mis LONDON, March 3 – Climate change could cause significant changes to global diets, leading to more than half a million extra deaths in 2050 from illnesses such as stroke, cancer and heart disease, experts said on Wednesday. As extreme weather such as floods and heat waves wreaks havoc with harvests and crop yields,

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Israeli Couple Bringing Home Biblical Sheep From Canada

By Ethan Lou TORONTO, March 2 – A breed of sheep believed to have been raised by the Jewish patriarch Jacob may soon be brought to Israel, its Biblical homeland, after an Israeli couple gathered a herd in Canada and brokered a bureaucratic detente to import the animals. The effort to bring 130 sheep to

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India Unveils Budget to Help Rural Poor, Rein in Deficit

By Rajesh Kumar Singh and Manoj Kumar NEW DELHI, Feb 29 – India unveiled a budget for the poor on Monday, announcing new rural aid schemes and skimping on a bank bailout, in a strategy shift that seeks to boost Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party in coming state elections. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s spending

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Weather-Weary Indian Farmers Resort to New Cash Crop: Blood

By Shuriah Niazi JHANSI, India, Feb 17 – Karna, a farmer from Badgaon village in northern India, has few options but to sell his blood for money, after persistent drought left him unable to live off his land. The farmer, now 60, began commuting an hour and a half from his village to Jhansi town

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Lebanon: Bee Epidemic

By MOSTAPHA RAAD Climate change has shifted the ecology of land and sea. It has affected both fauna and flora, and has harmed hundreds, if not thousands, of living species, including the main insect responsible for our planet’s food security: The bee. But is it really just climate change that is killing our planet and

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Seeds of Growth

The region’s institutions need a heroic commitment to long-term planning BY Hassan Al Damluji At the start of 2016, the Middle East feels battered and bruised. For many of us who take a determinedly optimistic view of the world, 2015 pulled no punches. Despite this, many people are working towards a brighter future. But we’ve got

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Rising Food Prices to Hit Rural India Next Year

By Rajendra Jadhav and Suvashree Choudhury MUMBAI, Nov 10 (Reuters) India’s villages face a sharp spike in food prices in 2016, as a second year of drought drives up the cost of ingredients such as sugar and milk, and poor transport infrastructure stops falling global prices from reaching rural areas. India’s first back-to-back drought in

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