Prized as ingredients, vulnerable wild plants face surging demand


You may not realise it, but numerous products made with vulnerable wild plants are probably scattered around your home. A wander through the kitchen may reveal Brazil nuts in your cupboard, gum arabic in your soda and liquorice in your herbal tea. Your bathroom may have lotions containing shea butter or skincare products made with baobab or argan oil. Frankincense or jatamansi may be found on the bedroom’s table, as […]

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Global agriculture markets face huge risks from Ukraine war


The Russian Federation and Ukraine are among the most important producers of agricultural commodities in the world. Both countries are net exporters of agricultural products, and they both play leading supply roles in global markets of foodstuffs and fertilisers, where exportable supplies are often concentrated in a handful of countries. This concentration, says the UN […]

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India focusing on promoting GI-tagged agri-products’ exports, finding new markets


India has been striving hard to identify new products and new export destinations in its bid to promote exports of locally sourced Geographical Indications (GI) tagged agricultural products. While Darjeeling Tea and Basmati Rice are the two popular GI-tagged agricultural products of India, which have ready markets across the globe, there is a host of […]

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West Bengal exports GI certified Fazil mango variety to Bahrain: Commerce Ministry


A consignment of GI certified Fazil mango variety sourced from Malda district of West Bengal was exported to Bahrain, the commerce ministry said on Saturday. The ministry said that in June 2021, a week-long Indian mango promotion programme was organised in Bahrain where 16 varieties of the fruit including three GI certified Khirsapatin and Lakshmanbhog […]

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Indians drive into online grocery shops to buy everything from mithai to masalas


Indian consumers have been increasingly buying grocery online in a trend that is now being dubbed irreversible since the coronavirus pandemic piloted the country’s first lockdown last year, shuttering supermarket and neighbourhood mom-and-pop stores. The convenience of a few clicks on laptops or smartphones from the safety of home that gets groceries delivered to the […]

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Scientists find high emissions of ozone-destroying gases, pointing to illegal manufacture and use


Scientists have discovered higher-than-expected levels of ozone-destroying chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) gases in the atmosphere—strongly suggesting illegal manufacture, use and emissions, the Environmental Investigation Agency reported on Tuesday. The findings were published in Nature Communications on 18 May by a group of scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University and the University of Bristol. Their […]

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A cup of tea… or cha?


Did you know that most of the world uses the same two words for tea? One variation is the one used in English (tea), French (thé), Spanish (té) and Dutch (thee). The other is a variation of chá (in Mandarin and Cantonese), such as chai in Hindi, shay in Arabic and chay in Russian. There’s […]

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Urgent agricultural reforms needed to feed India’s growing population – report


Fundamental reforms in agri-food system is the need of the hour if production has to be increased to feed India’s growing population that is soon set to surpass that of China, a report submitted to a UN conference said. India’s reforms need to focus on lowering transaction costs to achieve marketing efficiency in order to […]

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Demand upsurge of plant-based meat alternatives in India


From beverages, cheeses to imitation meats, plant-based alternatives are on an ascent worldwide, constituting a billion-dollar industry.  In April this year Beyond Meat, a Los Angeles-based popular alternate protein brand, launched in India. It tied up with Tiffany Foods, a subsidiary of Allana Group of Companies, one of the largest exporter of processed foods and […]

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