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Stories of Change

Socio-economic improvement is now achievable for Odisha

Koraput district in Odisha is largely a rural, agrarian economy. Declining land-holdings, poor incomes, and threatened nutrition security, combined with the consequences of climate change, pose a serious challenge for sustainable livelihoods. The gradual shrinking of land-holdings can be dealt with by pooling together land-based enterprises like fishery, poultry, duckery, apiary, field and horticultural crops, etc.

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Promoting Pulses for Sustainable Food Systems

Pulses are an important source of proteins, vitamins, and minerals, predominantly cultivated in rainfed agroecology. They are best suited to be cultivated in both Kharif and Rabi seasons in diverse cropping systems as sole crops, intercropping, relay crops, rice fallow crops, mixed crops, etc. India is the largest producer, consumer, and importer of pulses. Tamil Nadu has 4.08 per cent of the total cultivated area under pulses.

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Enhancing Livelihoods of Rural Women through Livestock Farming

Agriculture is the major livelihood in semi-arid agro-ecosystems in Reddiarchatram Block, Dindigul district. Sugarcane, banana, paddy and vegetables were the dominant crops cultivated intensively in all three seasons in the past. But in the recent past, it has been shifted to maize, cotton and vegetables and is reduced to just one season rather than two to three seasons. Groundwater levels have been declining drastically as well.

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Farmer-centric, community-based plant health management for small farmers

Pests and diseases cause significant crop losses and income to farmers. Timely diagnosis of the issue (including pest, disease and nutritional deficiencies) that hamper crop growth is necessary to minimise production losses. However, the existing agricultural extension systems do not have adequate capacity to extend farmer-centric plant health advisories.

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Moringa yield benefits from innovative pollination intervention

Moringa (Moringa oleifera) popularly known as Drumstick, is less water requiring and economically important crop, which is increasingly being cultivated by smallholders. In Tamil Nadu, Moringa is widely cultivated in Dindigul, Karur and Coimbatore districts. The crop is cross-pollinated, and insects are essential for pollination.

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GIS-based Gram Panchayat plan for water security and climate adaptation

Without a scientific GIS Plan, engineers with the Department of Rural Development (DRD), Government of Tamil Nadu, found it a challenge to implement the Natural Resource Management (NRM) and non-NRM works in Gram Panchayats (GPs) allotted under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNERGA) budget.

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GIS-based decision support system for greening of hillocks in Tamil Nadu

Tiruvannamalai district has several isolated hillocks at a minimum height of 120 metres above sea level. Most of the hillocks are in a degraded state causing severe losses in crucial ecosystems services. Restoration requires that there be a scientific approach to plan and implement locally suitable solutions.

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Climate Equity Monitor – an online dashboard on equity in climate change

The atmosphere is a global commons. Contrary to its widespread portrayal as a pollutant, carbon dioxide is necessary for life, as well as giving rise to global warming in higher concentrations. This idea is elegantly captured in the concept of the carbon budget. For global warming to be limited to a specified rise in global average temperature, the world’s cumulative emissions of greenhouse gases must stay within a specified limit associated with this temperature rise.

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Restoring mangroves ecosystems saves the coastline and community

Mangroves are a group of trees and shrubs situated along the tropical coastline of India, that flourish in low-oxygen soil, where slow-moving waters allow fine sediments to accumulate. Mangrove plants have unique adaptation properties that allow them to survive in harsh environments.

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Eradicating pests and disease with an unique mobile application

The coastal agro-ecosystem is a fragile ecological systems and highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Crop productivity in this zone is well below the state average. Fertility status of the soil is moderate to poor, and a large area is under rainfed cultivation coupled with irrigation during summer season with small ponds and shallow borewells. The cropping intensity ranges from 100 to 200 percent.

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Publications and Newsletters

International Conference 2021

This fortnight e-synergy has some of the eminent participants’ videos who speak on various issues related to food and agriculture.

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MSSRF Annual Report 2020-2021

Thirty-First Annual Report

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Blogs

The 2022 Mina Swaminathan Media Fellowship comes to an end
28/11/2022
By: Ms Sangeetha Rajeesh
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Rooting for mangroves
25/11/2022
By: Ms Sangeetha Rajeesh and Ms Balasundari D
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