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A Techie-Turned-Organic Farmer

time  On 25 Apr 2018    user  Venkat Iyer



Venkat Iyer was living a fast-paced life in the IT world in Mumbai when he decided to stop and take a long, hard look at where he was headed. Disheartened by his stressful existence in the city, he decided to give it all up and take up organic farming in a small village near Mumbai. But it wasn’t easy. With no experience in agriculture, his journey was fraught with uncertainty. He soon went from negotiating tough clients, strict deadlines and traffic to looking forward to his first bumper crop of moong. As he battled erratic weather conditions and stubborn farm animals, he discovered a world with fresh air and organic food, one where he could lead a more wholesome existence. Recently, his book named “Moong over Microchips: Adventures of a Techie-Turned-Farmer” has been launched, in which he has mentioned all his experience and the adventure he has gone through while the transition was taking place in his life. In the interview with him, he shared his experiences in agriculture while highlighting certain points which are responsible making condition of farmer more stressful and difficult. He himself being an organic farmer mentioned the importance of organic farming.

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Dietary Diversity and Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture in India

time  On 24 Apr 2018    user  Nithya D J


Nithya D J is a Nutritionist at MSSRF with a doctorate degree in Food Science and Nutrition from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University. She has worked as Research Associate at the Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology and Agricultural Engineering College in the field of Food Pro...

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A Current Scenario of India’s Fight against “Undernourishment”: A Draconian Aspect

time  On 11 Apr 2018    user  Soumya Gupta


Soumya Gupta is a Research Economist with the TCI program. Her research interests lie at the intersections of food security, agriculture and maternal and child nutrition. She is currently associated with TCI’s TARINA project and is working on activities centered on ...

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Millets: Finding a Way into our Diet

time  On 23 Mar 2018    user  Latha Nagarajan


In the interview, it is said that declaring 2018 as Millets Year can increase the awareness among people to include millets in the diet. Government has to bring policies favouring millets. Here they give us some policy recommendations.

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Has Food Security Bill Reduced Malnutrition in India ?

time  On 29 Dec 2017    user  Rudra Narayan Mishra


Rudra Narayan Mishra, Asst Professor at Gujarat Institute of Development Research talks about National Food Security Act. Its implementation throughout country, problems in implementation. He also talks about how the coverage and implementation of Integrated Child Development Scheme is less a...

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The Intergenerational Cycle of Malnutrition and Ill-health

time  On 22 Aug 2017    user  Anushree Shiroor


In the interview Anushree says that malnutrition in the early years and inter-generational cycle of malnutrition leads to adolescent malnutrition in India. Data related to adolescent malnutrition is lacking in India and there is a need to include them in nutrition surveillance. Awareness ...

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Organic Farming in India: Current Scenario and Future Prospects.

time  On 12 Jul 2017    user  Purvi Vyas


Purvi Vyas is an organic farmer. She has a background in Environmental Management and a few years of experience in environmental education. It was the gap between what she was preaching as an environmentalist and practicing in her personal life that made her take up organic farming....

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Dietary Transition: Implications for Nutrition

time  On 21 Feb 2017    user  Vani S. Kulkarni


Dr Vani took up the studies of diet diversification as it was found that poverty reduced sharply but undernourishment did not. She is of the opinion that with growing urbanisation and changing lifestyles our food has become more fat based. Obesity and underweight have to be tackled fast as these can ...

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Making Pulses Affordable in India

time  On 20 Jan 2017    user  Pramod Kumar Joshi


Pulses are considered to be a good source of proteins which can reduce malnutrition in India. There is a need to it affordable in the country. In the interview Dr Joshi points out the major reasons for the production of pulses to be stagnant and the policy recommendations for pulses sector.

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Reviving Pulses in India

time  On 20 Jan 2017    user  Satish Y. Deodhar


According to Dr Satish Deodhar, there has to be technological innovation in pulses also like wheat and rice. Pulses are environmentally friendly and sustainable crop and their social benefit is very high. Government can sell pulses for options on futures market.

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Pulse Production: Trends and Challenges

time  On 16 Nov 2016    user  K N. Ganeshaiah


In the interview Dr Ganeshaiah says Declaring 'International Year of Pulses' perhaps has more significance to, and is more pertinent to India. Because, as it’s people, the second largest in the world, derive their protein requirement almost entirely from pulses. Thus the country needs to take this opportuni...

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