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LifeLines-Agriculture service will seek to impart education and know-how on horticulture and farming and promote financial inclusion of these communities.
NEW DELHI—In developing India, farmers are hungry for information. “Markets are demanding things and farmers don’t understand how they [can] cope with those demands. What we need in such a situation, what the farmer needs in such a situation is information,” said Bijoy Patro, the Head of Programmes and Editorial at One World Foundation India (OWFI), an Information and Communication Technology NGO.
More and more marginal farmers in Uttar Pradesh are using an Interactive Voice Response system (IVRS) to improve their farming practices and incomes.
"We are engaged in improving the lot of rural communities," says BD Sinha, Managing Director, KRIBHCO
Sustainable rural development through effective farm services has been the guiding principle at the Krishak Bharati Cooperative Ltd (KRIBHCO), a Rs 4,000 crore conglomerate. The initiative aims at enhancing the livelihood of communities in over 2,500 villages across eight states. BD Sinha, Managing Director, KRIBHCO, shares with OneWorld South Asia's Rakesh Sood how KRIBHCO has been lending a helping hand to the Indian farmer.
The decision was taken in a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday morning in New Delhi chaired by the Indian Prime Minister.
The Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative (IFFCO) has formed Vision-2015, a comprehensive plan through which it will bring about strategies that will help prevent climate change by reducing energy consumption, improve resource management and promote renewable energy resources. Managing director Dr US Awasthi shares with OneWorld South Asia how the company will translate its vision into reality. Excerpts from the interview.
"The question arises why are we continuously producing and procuring food stock, when we are not using it efficiently for the welfare of the poor?" asks P K Joshi, Director (South Asia), International Food Policy Research Institute
In an exclusive column for OneWorld South Asia, P K Joshi, Director (South Asia), International Food Policy Research Institute, talks about how growing food stock and major mis-management in India has led to many problems, the most problematic being the poor going hungry despite surplus food stock. He asks for immediate action, especially in terms of a change in trade policy.