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Climate Change and Food Security

Climate Change

Climate change is a significant and lasting change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns over periods ranging from decades to millions of years. It may be a change in average weather conditions, or in the distribution of weather around the average conditions (i.e., more or fewer extreme weather events). In its recently […]

Major crop output to fall by 0.5 per cent in 2012-13

Even though the overall agriculture sector is expected to do well in 2012-13, major crop production is projected to fall by 0.5 per cent, the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) has estimated. This is due to fall out in production of non-food crops like soyabean, cotton and rapeseed.


Herbal gatherers – Maruthi Mooligai Producer Company


Kalanjiam Thozilagam Limited is an initiative of DHAN Foundation formed with the objective of increasing income of the poor through need and context business interventions. The poor people lack adequate business knowledge and support to start up a business initiative which can greatly enhance their livelihood.


Justice at door steps: Microjustice


Access to justice for smaller legal issues confronted by them remains elusive for larger proportion of poor people living in our country. This obstacle hinders their active participation in the society and thereby their social development. Making easy the provision of justice to such micro legal problems in termed as ‘Micro justice’.


Imidacloprid found to kill bees

Imidacloprid is the bestselling neonicotinoid insecticides all over the world including India. The pesticide is used to kill sucking and biting insects. A study published in the German science journal Naturwissenschaften, reveals how bees given minute doses of the widely used pesticide imidacloprid became more vulnerable to infections from a deadly parasite, nosema. Bee experts […]

Growing NPA in SHGs

NABARD has expressed its concern over the growing NPA in SHGs in the recent years, in the 2011-12 report of Status of SHGs in India. In absolute terms, the gross NPA against loans to SHGs increased from `1474 crore at the end of March 2011 to `2213 crore by March 2012.


Coir changed my life


Jaya aged 36 is a very ordinary woman living in a village called Silvarpatti, in Periyakulam Taluk, Theni District, Tamilnadu, India. No one expected that she would one day become an entrepreneur and also become the Secretary of Periyakulam Coir Cluster Kalanjiam producer company Ltd. How she got this opportunity and grabbed it to […]

One Village-One Variety scheme launched

One Village- One Variety scheme, a project on Cotton Cultivation was launched in Sengapadai Village, Thirumangalam, Taluk, and Madurai District on 09.08.2012. This scheme of Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) is implemented in Sengapadai and surrounding villages by DHAN Foundation, under its rainfed agricultural development program. The Thirumangalam Uzavar Maamandram, the federation of rainfed farmers […]

Confessions of a Microfinance Heretic

How Microlending lost its way and Betrayed the Poor

Confessions of a Microfinance Heretic- How Microlending lost its way and betrayed the poor was a book written by Hugh Sinclair who had first hand experience on working in microfinance institutions and also in some microfinance funds.


Urea deep placement technology

Urea is the nitrogenous fertilizers widely used by millions of rice farmers across the globe both forirrigated and rain-fed rice. Many farmers still practice broadcasting method of urea application to fertilize paddy plants standing in flooded water.