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Interview

Agriculture is egocentric

Issue Date: Jul 31, 2014
Why do you call SRI a paradigm shift in rice cultivation?

'Global cooperation needed to reduce food insecurity in Iraq'

Issue Date: Jul 5, 2014
With the Iraq crisis only getting bigger and food security coming under threat, are the ongoing international efforts expected to reduce the magnitude of problem? Who else apart from FAO has come forward to lend help?

'Empower women in panchayats first to improve the status of women farmers'

Issue Date: Jul 4, 2014
How could the bill moved by you have helped the cause of women farmers? My private members’ bill was to create awareness of the need for attending to the special needs of women farmers in the area of access to technology, credit, insurance, inputs, irrigation water, extension services and above all assured and remunerative market.

Shift grain bowl status from North to other regions of India

Issue Date: Jul 1, 2014
What are the reasons for this acute water distress in Punjab and Haryana?

Lowland rice is a carbon sink

Issue Date: Jun 27, 2014
What made you look at the issue of greenhouse gas (GHGs) from rice from a different angle and when did you start doing so?

`Growing food is like printing your own money'

Issue Date: Jun 30, 2014
What inspired you to take up guerilla gardening? The US had a strong tradition of community gardens during World War II. It got lost with the advent of modern agriculture. In the community I live in, there is no space for gardens. Well, there is space, but it is owned by the city authority. There is no access to food that has not been sprayed or injected with chemicals, so I decided to grow my own food.

What's the fuss about Bt brinjal?

Issue Date: Jun 15, 2014
Why did Bangladesh decide to grow Bt brinjal when India and the Philippines had already rejected it?

‘The role of the state should be pragmatic, not ideological’

Issue Date: May 20, 2014
Schumpeter viewed the government as an entrepreneur, but the world debated and rejected his ideas in the 1950s. Some early architects of development studies even deemed it to be irrelevant. Do you think the difference in approach towards this has much to do with the reason behind the difference in economic state of developed and developing economies?

Sinking deltas have not got much attention

Issue Date: May 15, 2014
Why are deltas sinking?

‘India needs to use its development programmes also to reduce burden of NCDs’

Issue Date: Apr 28, 2014
How big is the problem of non-communicable diseases in India?
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