Monthly Archives: October 2012

Sustainable Farming to Feed the World?

Industrial agriculture, with a focus on wide use of chemicals, fertilizers, and HYV seeds is often proposed as a solution to global food shortages. It is argued that the use of chemicals and fertilizers will increase the yield, protect the … Continue reading

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Local Innovation to Solve Electricity Problems

Siddappa, a farmer from Somapur village in Gadag district of Karnataka, designed a water mill to generate electricity. Believing that electricity problems can be solved by being creative and innovative, Siddappa took up the challenge to show the villagers that … Continue reading

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An Inclusive Approach for Societal Development

Public-Private-Partnerships are emerging across a host of sectors in India. A recent conference in Tamil Nadu on “Emerging role of PPPP’s” conducted by The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), highlights the need for a more inclusive approach and the crucial … Continue reading

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Innovative Models to Finance Small-Scale Agriculture

Smallholder production, which generally occurs on plots of less than two hectares, is often characterized by low yields, low quality, poor linkages, and little access to finance. A recent Dalberg report called “Catalyzing Smallholder Agricultural Finance”, suggests that with increased … Continue reading

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A Community-Led Initiative by Small Farmers

The farming community of Hiware Bazar came up with a brilliant community-led initiative to design a rainwater-harvesting model that helped them fight the severe drought that they face every year. Here is the inspiring story: As the world reels under … Continue reading

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Counting and Classifying the Kinds of Innovation

Counting and classifying are fundamental modes of thought, seen in the earliest human communities. We classify the seasons, the objects in the sky, the animals and plants around us, the kinds of people we know and how we know them, … Continue reading

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Farmers Use Waste-Water to Grow Vegetables

Near a small town of Vijayapura in Karnataka, farmers came up with a brilliant innovation to start using the town’s waste-water to grow fodder and vegetables in order to fight extreme water shortage in the area. When fields started to … Continue reading

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Looking for Off-Grid Solutions?

Considering that merely 12 percent of energy is generated through renewable sources, comprising small hydro, bio-mass, wind and solar power, India is seeking Israel’s expertise in the renewable energy sector in an attempt to increase the share of renewables in … Continue reading

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Why Doing Business in India is too Hard and How to Change It

Rajesh Kumar explains why, despite the FDI, India still remains a business-unfriendly place, ranking at 132nd of the 185 countries in Doing Business 2013, a study conducted by the International Finance Corporation, well below Sri Lanka (89) and even Bangladesh … Continue reading

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Concentrated Solar Power: A Sustainable Initiative

With the ever increasing demand for power in rapidly growing cities throughout the country, there stands a pressing need to look for alternative, sustainable ways of harnessing energy. A recent NRDC report shows that Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), a specific-type … Continue reading

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