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  • Harmonizing Traditional and Scientific Knowledge Systems in Rainfall Prediction and Utilization

    Historically, and still today in India, farmers have used traditional knowledge to understand weather and climate patterns in order to make decisions about crop and irrigation cycles. This knowledge is adapted to local conditions and needs and has been gained through many decades of experience passed on from previous generations. However, in recent years, farmers have perceived that the variation in rainfall is becoming increasingly erratic and difficult to predict. This has reduced their...

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  • Political Economy of Energy Policy in India: Electricity and LPG

    Clean energy is key to good quality life, effective production, productivity enhancement and innovation. India has abundant coal and renewable energy, matured technology and institutions for meeting the clean energy needs of lighting, cooking and other utilitarian and productive requirements. Over the years, the country’s energy consumption has become highly skewed towards fossil fuels. In addition to high-grade coal for steel and power production, India’s oil and natural gas needs are mostly...

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  • The Political Economy of Energy Policy in South Africa: From a Gender Agenda to a Class Project

    The paper begins with a profile of the energy sector, highlighting both the supply as well as demand sides, and focusing on the post-apartheid period. This is followed by a brief analysis of the development of the energy policy, including the main actors in its formulation. The next section looks at the four phases in the development of the energy policy from 1994 to the present. Following this is a brief discussion of how the South African energy policy is influenced by international factors...

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  • Pulse Panchayat - Achieving self sufficiency in pulse production

    Pulse panchayat is an integrated approach in establishing a sustainable production, value addition and marketing system. The initiative implemented by a Farmer Producer Company in Tamil Nadu, is moving towards achieving self sufficiency in pulse production.

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  • Agronomic Rehabilitation and Livelihood Restoration of Tsunami Affected Lands in Nagapattinam District of Tamil Nadu

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  • Ecoenterprises for Sustainable Livelihoods : Decentralised Production of Trichoderma viride – a Biofungicide for Crop Protection

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  • Biovillage programme at Kodathur (Pondicherry)

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  • Crab Fattening : Alternative Livelihood for Fisherwomen

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  • Technology Development and Delivery Models for Sustainable Livelihoods

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  • Sesame Village

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