Food and food delivery firms in India jump to rescue restaurants battling Covid-19 blues as customers stay home


Large food and beverage and food-delivery companies in India are launching programmes to provide relief to restaurants and their staff facing a tough time as people stay home due to extended lockdowns and fears of the Covid-19 pandemic. The lockdown, which has rocked the Indian economy, has been particularly harsh on the food and beverage […]

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ASEAN steel industry coping well despite COVID-19; post-pandemic future not as bleak as expected


(The story appears here courtesy our content partner Mysteel Global) The COVID-19 pandemic has imposed a devastating impact worldwide including the ASEAN region, but with the prompt and effective coping measures, the prognosis for the steel industry in the region in the post-pandemic era might not be as bleak as expected, Yeoh Wee Jin, secretary general […]

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Tech boom in India’s rural heartland helps farmers connect better with markets amid pandemic


In the middle of one of India’s worst COVID-affected states Maharashtra, farmer Atul Takte turns to his dusty smartphone for help every time he wants to buy farm inputs or sell his produce online. “This is great. I can even get the latest information on how best to grow papayas,” he says, referring to an […]

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Satellites reveal major new gas industry methane leaks


Last year, European Space Agency satellites detected huge plumes of the invisible planet-warming gas methane leaking from the Yamal pipeline that carries natural gas from Siberia to Europe. Energy consultancy Kayrros estimated one leak was spewing out 93 tonnes of methane every hour, meaning the daily emissions from the leakage were equivalent to the amount […]

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India’s Aadvik Foods looks beyond camel milk; to boost portfolio with new verticals


Agri-startup Aadvik Foods, known for selling camel milk commercially in India, plans to add new verticals to its product portfolio as it readies to test new innovations in a market recovering from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic., the founder and chief executive said in an interview. Hitesh Rathi told that the company was […]

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Pandemic triggers demand for immunity-boosting food, tipping market dynamics


The Covid-19 pandemic is changing food habits in India, and food and dairy companies are getting into the game by launching new products that they say help boost our immune systems to prepare us better to battle the coronavirus, Shampa Bahadur reports. Boosting immune system has never felt more urgent. Since the outbreak of the […]

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Over $37 billion gold project spend needed by 2025: Wood Mackenzie


Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, peak gold supply was becoming a real possibility. Now, with exploration programs halted or cancelled and project disruptions hampering production, the summit is in sight, according to research firm Wood Mackenzie’s latest report.  As organic growth is waning, miners are looking to buy gold through mergers and acquisitions to secure […]

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Kashmir’s cherry pickers on the brink as lockdown chokes demand


Kashmir’s cherries are rotting, and hitting farmers hard, as a lockdown triggered by fears of spread of the deadly coronavirus has slowed transport of the harvest to key markets, Shabir Shah reports. In Kashmir’s picturesque Baramulla district, farmer Abdul Kareem is a worried man as he gazes over mounds of freshly-picked cherries that are finding […]

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Wearing Bermudas to work, pricier cotton set to squeeze India’s apparel makers


With more people locked up in homes amid the global Covid-19 outbreak, India’s weavers and spinners along with apparel makers are likely to remain under pressure for a long time. Western buyers of fashion brands — typically outsourced from the South Asian region–have made a raft of cancellations where unemployment is forcing people to spend […]

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Rabo Foundation continues its digital education programme to empower farmers in India


In 2018 Rabo Foundation launched a tech-led educational program targeting marginalized farmers in India in partnership with Syngenta Foundation. Rabo Foundation finances the toolkits and the educational materials for the farmers, while Syngenta Foundation trains agricultural entrepreneurs. Many farmers in India are very marginalized. They only speak the local language, haven’t been to school, and […]

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