Editorial

About 80 percent of the world’s food is produced by small farmers or family farmers, for whom farming is a way of life. Traditionally, farming was localized, meeting several needs of the household providing food, fodder, fuel, besides employment and small incomes. In...

Editorial

With increases in food production crop residues are also increasing. It is estimated that about 500 Mt of crop residues are generated in India annually. Burning crop residue has caught the nation’s attention, not only for wasting a resource which has a potential to...

Editorial

Smallholders, the food providers of the nation, are becoming increasingly vulnerable to a series of challenges like the changing climate, markets, finance, input availability etc.  These challenges have made crop production more risky and uncertain in already fragile...

Editorial

Small holder family farmers, particularly in the fragile ecosystems have been traditionally managing crops, using biological means. While a majority of the farmers shifted to commercial methods of farming involving high chemical use, some among them still continue to...

Editorial – Agroecological Value Chains

Sustainable food systems, while preserving the environment, ecosystems and biodiversity should also be able to ensure economic prosperity.  While the value chain in conventional agricultural systems refers to the value added to the product from the farm to the...

Ecological livestock

Livestock forms an important livelihood support system for about seventy million rural households in India, especially in the arid and semi-arid regions of the country. They are infact integral to rural life, supporting agriculture, contributing to the household...