Urine-biochar as fertilizer! Would Bangladeshi farmers accept it?

Author : Ipsita Sutradhar, Sayema Akter, Hans-Peter Schmidt and Sabine Gabrysch
Published Date : Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Biochar is created through burning biomass in an oxygen-limited environment. It is a light and porous material with high adsorptive and water-holding capacity. The Ithaka Institute in Switzerland invented a low-tech method to produce biochar that can be used at village level from crop and wood waste in soil-pit kilns. Urine is known to be an excellent and highly efficient fertilizer and available for free unlike mineral fertilizer. However, it is underused because of the...

Motivated by Gandhi’s diet story

Author : Deepak Sharma
Published Date : Friday, June 9, 2017
Discovering the micronutrient richness of Luni leavesSometime in the year 2000, I read an article in Rajasthan Patrika newspaper about ‘Luni’ and about the different micronutrients and vitamins that are necessary for the  human body. I was working as a Water Resources Specialists and naturally focused more on water availability and utilisation efficiencies, thus paying little attention to the news article.  A decade later, I chanced upon the same news article and this...

Women and India’s Nutrition Strategy

Author : Lina Sonne
Published Date : Tuesday, May 30, 2017
A new Nutrition Strategy is currently being drafted by Niti Aayog to converge schemes addressing malnutrition in various ways and improve data collection for monitoring and evaluation.This is urgent. India needs to considerably accelerate its effort to combat malnutrition and improve nutritional indicators. Under-5 stunting at almost 39% and anaemia among women at 48% according to the Global Nutrition Report 2016, makes India one of the worst performers in Asia with respect to malnutrition, in...

Conferences provide excellent platform to discuss LANSA evidence

Author : Priya Rampal, S. Raju, Akshaya Kumar Panda and Prashant Deokar
Published Date : Monday, May 22, 2017
The TAAS- IFPRI (Trust for Advancement of Agriculture Sciences-International Food Policy Research Institute) National Conference on Sustainable Development Goals: Preparedness and Role of Indian Agriculture was held on May 11 and 12, at the National Agricultural Science Complex, Pusa, New Delhi.The purpose of the event was to attempt to document existing state of poverty, hunger, malnourishment, natural resource degradation and climate risks. It also looked to explore the potential of improved...


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