The farm to fork chain: How to feed the world in three crucial steps

by Rashmee

Posted on September 23, 2015


Time was when the world shook its head over lakes of milk and mountains of butter in Europe. That was because of chronic overproduction. But poor countries often have poor levels of agricultural production. Post-harvest loss in the developing world is a major reason that tonnes of food goes to waste and millions of people … Continue reading “The farm to fork chain: How to feed the world in three crucial steps”

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America’s raisin wars: Farmers don’t want to give govt part of crop for free

by Rashmee

Posted on April 27, 2015


Speaking of farmers in India, heard the one about the US Federal Raisin Reserve? It’s not really called that – it’s actually the National Raisin Reserve – but those raisins stored in California warehouses belong to a post-World War II stash created by government decree. Apparently, the US government forces raisin producers to give it … Continue reading “America’s raisin wars: Farmers don’t want to give govt part of crop for free”

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Farming is the lifeblood of India; it shouldn’t be death to its farmers

by Rashmee

Posted on April 26, 2015


So what can be done about India’s huge population of farmers? It’s not realistic (or sensible) to seriously consider moving India away from agriculture, as a knee jerk response to farmer Gajendra Singh’s desperate made-for-camera suicide. Consider the confessions of the India Brand Equity Foundation, a Trust established by different ministries of the Indian government to … Continue reading “Farming is the lifeblood of India; it shouldn’t be death to its farmers”

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Gajendra Singh’s ‘suicide attack’ on India’s easy assumptions about progress

by Rashmee

Posted on April 25, 2015


How should deal Narendra Modi’s India deal with such hideous events as the suicide of farmer Gajendra Singh at a political rally? It was a suicide attack, not a bomb, but a detonation of an equally powerful kind. Most of all, of course, the made-for-cameras event was a heartrending cry for help. Of what sort? … Continue reading “Gajendra Singh’s ‘suicide attack’ on India’s easy assumptions about progress”

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The #almondshaming of California nut-growers continues apace. Why?

by Rashmee

Posted on April 10, 2015


Everyone’s at it, as California almond and pistachio grower Brad Gleason has complained: nut-farmers are being reviled in the drought-hit state and  “the whole equation seems to be reduced to a single number wielded by our critics – it takes one gallon of water to grow one nut.” Mr Gleason has a right to be … Continue reading “The #almondshaming of California nut-growers continues apace. Why?”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK