Decidedly unmodern rice varieties helping India’s poorest farmers

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Photo by CIAT International Center for Tropical Agriculture via Flickr, used under a Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 2.0)

I was pleased to discover yesterday that the public media project Food for 9 Billion has been continuing apace. (For my entries on a number of earlier reports in the series, follow this post’s “Food for 9 Billion” tag.)

Introducing a recent piece from reporter Sam Eaton, Larisa Epatko writes at the website of the PBS NewsHour,

When a cyclone hits India, the sea-drenched soil can remain salty for years. Farmers are finding new high-yield rice seeds are not withstanding the salty onslaught as well as seeds developed more than a century ago.

In [this] “Food for 9 Billion” report, Sam Eaton travels to Eastern India to find out how the Ganges River delta, packed with more than 4 million people, is faring four years after Cyclone Aila hit the region.

Find Eaton’s fascinating video report here.

For more, check out this photo slideshow at The Guardian by Jason Taylor; its focus: “Debal Deb, a scientist, ecologist and farmer who is building a seed bank in India’s Odisha state, has helped to preserve 920 varieties of indigenous rice using traditional methods. Committed to working with local communities, he hopes to help make farmers independent of large corporations and GM crops, and help secure their access to local seed varieties.”


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