IMAG4270

Social and Environmental Responsibilities do not make Business Sense : Responsible Sourcing breaks the Myth

Debanjan Nag | October 27th, 2017, 5:19 am

Next time you munch on your favourite Nestle Kitkat, a cocoa farmer in Ivory Coast will be empowered – thanks to Nestle’s responsible sourcing strategies.

Traditional sourcing is primarily identifying and purchasing goods and services required by the organization with key focus on price governed by aspects like quality, quantity, time and location with hardly any efforts to sustain the sourcing value chain. “Responsible sourcing” brings a refreshing change in the paradigm. According to the International Chamber of Commerce, “responsible sourcing is […]

Read More...

SAM_1272 (002)

India ranks 100th among 119 countries in Global Hunger Index: What does it mean?

Debanjan Nag | October 18th, 2017, 8:35 am

Happy Diwali! As you light your lamps today 194 million Indians will sleep hungry in darkness.

The Global Hunger Index 2017 published by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) reveals India has failed to feed its poor and slipped down three positions from 97th to rank 100th among 119 countries. India trails much behind neighboring countries Bangladesh and Nepal who have slashed their hunger scores by almost 50% in the past 25 years while India has managed to cut down only a […]

Read More...

IMG_0795

How e-agriculture can improve the lives of marginal and small farmers

Elizabeth Tarafdar | October 11th, 2017, 11:17 am

There are parts of our world which are still isolated: the distances could be cultural, gender-related, lack of access to services, or due to the absence of roads there may not be physical connectivity to communities. So, lack of access to right information, in the right format, and time, also constrains the development of the agricultural sector. Enabling the use of Information and communication Technologies (ICTs) services can improve sustainability, efficiency and profitability in the farming community.

The e-Agriculture project in […]

Read More...

women as decision makers in agriculture

4 Reasons Why Women should be Empowered as Decision Makers in Agriculture

Debanjan Nag | June 7th, 2017, 5:29 am

“When women are empowered and can claim their rights and access to land, leadership, opportunities and choices, economies grow, food security is enhanced and prospects are improved for current and future generations”, Michelle Bachelet – Former Executive Director of UN Women

According to renowned agriculture scientist and father of Indian Green Revolution, M.S. Swaminathan, “Some historians believe that it was women who first domesticated crop plants and thereby initiated the art and science of farming. Without their total intellectual and physical […]

Read More...

e-agriculture

E-agriculture: Harnessing the Power of Technology to Empower Farming Communities and to trigger rural development

Arpendu Ganguly | May 30th, 2016, 4:52 pm

It is estimated that for the poorest people, GDP growth originating in the agriculture sector is about four times more effective in reducing poverty than GDP growth originating outside the sector-making the sector critical for over­all growth, poverty reduction, and food security in any nation.

Traditionally, the agriculture sector is seen devoid of advanced technology usage. The practitioners in this space correctly blame the lack of access to right information, in the right format, at the right time for constraining the […]

Read More...