Food and Agriculture : Features

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  • Nigerian women prepare for cassava war

    20 December 2004

    Nigerian women are confronting big time export interests in a war over their traditional staple food, cassava. The women simply want to keep the popular "gari" (the local term for cassava) on their family menu while the government and several donors and international agencies have set their sights on the export market.

  • SUCCESS STORY: An Indian village says 'no' to pesticides

    29 September 2004

    In 2003, a small village in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, declared itself pesticide-free. Since then, its farmers have stopped using pesticides for crops like cotton, Bengal gram, chilli and paddy - all known to use notoriously high quantities of pesticides. Kavitha Kuruganti reports on the greening of this village.

  • The new farmer

    8 September 2004

    Everyone in Edamelaiyur village in the Thiruvarur district of Tamil Nadu knows where Selvamani Valarmathi lives. This is unusual as most village women in India are known as someone's wife, daughter or mother. But Valarmathi's identity as a special woman farmer is established in the area. Kavitha Kuruganti reports on this remarkable woman's effort to sustainably farm rice, which has reaped both praise and yields.

  • Deadly impact of growing demand for meat

    7 July 2004

    The growing demand for meat has become a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future, according to US experts.

  • World food security deteriorating:

    7 May 2004

    Closing the gap in the world grain harvest this year following four consecutive grain harvest shortfalls, each larger than the one before, will not be easy. The grain shortfall of 105 million tons in 2003 is easily the largest on record, amounting to 5 per cent of annual world consumption of 1,930 million tons, warns Lester Brown.

  • Canada: New boss on the farm

    28 April 2004

    In recent years, with organic farms growing at the rate of 20-25 per cent a year in Canada, a whole new world of leadership and freedom has opened up for women farmers, as Sabita Majid reports.

  • Counting the human cost of drought in India

    18 March 2004

    For the past three years the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu has been suffering from poor monsoon rains, possibly linked to climate change. The resulting drought has had a devastating impact on poor rural families, not least the women and children, as Lalitha Sridhar reports.

  • China's shrinking grain harvest

    18 March 2004

    The recent shortfall in China's grain harvest has triggered emergency action by the government. But, as Lester Brown reports, China's growing demand for food and its falling harvests, could have long-term geopolitical consequences.

  • SUCCESS STORY: Perfect maize, in three simple steps

    3 March 2004

    Scientific research conducted in an English garden is transforming lives in Kenya. Tim Radford reports.

  • Year of Rice will help fight poverty

    11 February 2004

    The International Year of Rice 2004, could prove a vital stimulus to research that will help farmers to grow this staple crop more efficiently, profitably and sustainably, according to one of the world's leading experts in the field.