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19 Aug

Indian farmer learns better water management through COL’s mobiMOOC

A small-farm owner in Tamil Nadu, India, Mr Henry dug a pond on his property in the hope of improving crop yields through better irrigation. Yet until he participated in COL’s mobiMOOC on water saving and conservation methods two years later, he had not been able to reap any benefits.

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25 Aug

Coping with soil salinity: Lessons from a wild rice species


Climate change and sea level rise is increasingly affecting coastal regions of India. Intrusion of sea water into agricultural lands in coastal regions is increasing soil salinity (increasing soil sodium ion content), affecting agricultural productivity. Roots are plant organs that first perceive salt in the soil that is then transported into root tissues, into the xylem for transport to aerial organs (leaf tissues/reproductive parts). Salinity disrupts ion homeostasis in plants (mostly potassium ions that is a macro-ion needed for plant growth and development).

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01 Jun
Photo credit: Dr Suresh Babu, IFPRI

Bouncing back from COVID-19: Lessons from the Food Crisis

Globally, COVID-19 is a public health emergency with grave impact on the population of the world, especially the poor and marginalized.  It is estimated that 140 million additional people could fall into extreme poverty this year as a result of the virus, thus increasing food and nutrition insecurity.While much has been written about the potential impact, little is known on how to bounce back from such outbreaks.

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28 Mar

COVID-19 has halted the world but this is why we should still not 'fear message'​

All of Hollywood's fantasies and science fiction seem to be playing out in real life as the world comes together to take on the #coronavirus. (note: not the 'dreaded' corona and that's for a reason). Tragically, a few days ago, a man suspected to be infected, jumped off from the 7th floor of the hospital in Delhi where he was taken, to his death. We also had the quote of a chief minister of an Indian state who remarked that there would be 'shoot at sight' at anyone who violated the lockdown over corona.

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