Small family farmers produce a third of the world’s food, says study

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The world’s smallholder farmers produce around a third of the world’s food, according to detailed new research by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Five of every six farms in the world consist of less than two hectares, operate only around 12 percent of all agricultural land, and produce roughly 35 percent of […]

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India’s farms need to shift focus to irrigation productivity to address water woes – Economic Survey

India’s agriculture sector needs to  shift its focus towards improving “irrigation productivity” rather than “land productivity,” the latest Economic Survey said on Thursday, a day before the national budget is unveiled. It noted that incentive structures like minimum support prices of certain crops and subsidised electricity—that encourages greater usage of ground water through pumps—had skewed […]

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Innovations by agri start-ups to overcome global agriculture challenges: India’s union Minister, Suresh Prabhu

Mr Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Government of India today said that innovations and new ideas will be essential to overcome the challenges arising in the agriculture sector globally. Speaking at the ‘International Conference & Awards for Innovations by Agri Startups’ organised by FICCI, Mr Prabhu said that to promote new innovations and ideas, start-up companies in […]

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Daily Masala

Here is what others are talking about this morning: Asian shares slip, dollar stands tall on Fed hike bets Oil falls as August price rally seen overblown, China fuel exports jump Gold hits one-week low on U.S. rate hike prospects Iraq will boost oil exports after agreement on Kirkuk fields Green shoots sighted in India’s […]

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