Eat it and weep

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It’s all about knowing your onions. And in India, where life is full of flavour, colour, spice and all things nice, onions are getting to be one of those essential aspects of everyday life that are getting more rare by the day. The other day, walking through the small market I generally get my vegetables… Read more »

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Introducing GE rice!

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Ten years younger than the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) observed its 40th founding anniversary in Gazipur on October 1. A cake cutting ceremony was followed by a colourful procession and discussion sessions to mark the achievements of the institution during last 40 years, established in 1970.

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Budget: some thoughts on agriculture

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It is heartening to see that there has been a positive shift in the government’s mindset in recognising the need for establishing a synergy between agriculture and rural development in the proposed budget. Components under rural development infrastructure, water resources and different aspects of livelihood have been brought under a common roof, which promises to… Read more »

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Bt Brinjal: India halts, Bangladesh moves ahead?

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On 10th February, 2010 the State Minister for Science Yeafesh Osman tabled the “National Institute of Biotechnology Bill-2010” in the National Parliament in Bangladesh. (http://bdnews24.com/details.php?id=153348&cid=2). The National Institute of Biotechnology is going to be an authority to set standards for highly controversial genetically modified (GM) foods and crops in Bangladesh. Four other bills seeking to… Read more »

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A Note on Climate Change, Food Security

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Climate change will affect agriculture, forestry, fisheries and livestock production through higher temperatures, changes in rainfall and elevated carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration. Global mean surface temperatures are projected to rise by 1.8°C to 4.0°C by 2100. Such changes could severely impact food production and availability. Therefore, it is essential to take action now to mitigate… Read more »

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