Across South Asia today, male out-migration is a fact of life, particularly in the poorer Eastern states of India such as Bihar, not to mention Nepal and Bangladesh. This has led families to pursue a dual livelihood strategy, depending on both farming and migrant wage work, with neither able to fulfill their minimum needs alone, let alone provide opportunities for economic upliftment.
Many regions in the world, particularly sub-Saharan Africa, south and south-east Asia, South America and the Caribbean suffer from water scarcity, which can impact economic growth and political security. A panel of experts discuss how the private sector can help mitigate the problem by using water more efficiently.
In this guest blog post, Ann Tutwiler, Director General, Bioversity International, kicks off Farming First's brand new series 'SDG2 Countdown' by stressing the importance of diverse foods in a nutritious diet.
A new report from the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) underlines the vulnerability of agriculture to climate hazards in South Asia.
Dhundi, Kheda district, Gujarat: Phodabhai Parmar, a 72 year-old farmer, sits on a charpai sipping tea as solar panels gleam in the fields behind him. Parmar is one of six farmers who have formed the world's first solar irrigation cooperative in Dhundi village in Gujarat's Kheda district, about 90km from Ahmedabad.