Fields on Fire – tackling Punjab’s burning desire

22 November, 2011 by (comments)

At around 4pm, black wisps of burnt rice straw snow down on Sangrur. Late October and early November in Punjab, India, is the time when hundreds of thousands of rice farmers, having harvested their crop, rush to clear the land and prepare for the wheat season. This means lots of fires. Over a period of about a fortnight, moreRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en

China investing billions to manage drought

2 March, 2011 by (comments)

China, the world’s largest wheat exporter, is investing US$1 billion drilling for water to curtail the effects of a longstanding drought and avoid a global grain crisis, the BBC reports. With wheat farmers in the dry north struggling to produce sufficient yields, a billion dollar construction project is also underway to channel water from the Yellow River in theRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Regions

Food prices: Leaders warn of “economic war”

28 January, 2011 by (comments)

With supply fears looming, some countries are racing to stockpile crops like wheat and rice, sending prices through the roof, the Financial Times has reported. Countries are reacting to the various fires, floods and droughts of the last few months that have affected global crop yields, as well as to the current social unrest about food prices occurring in NorthRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en