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We are in the process of scaling up our work on 'Sustainable Agriculture Based Rural Livelihoods" in the three rainfed regions of Northern Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra (Vidarbha) and SW Odisha. By 2016, we aim to reach 35,000 smallholder & predominantly tribal and resource poor households and thereby directly impact 200,000 people.
We intend to fulfill this through a triple bottom line approach focusing on a combination of interventions including, but not limited to, Organic Farming Systems, Non-Pesticide Management, Soil & Water Conservation, Natural Resources Management, Seed Conservation, Local Institutions Development, Local Enterprise & Infrastructure Development, Building Producer Centric Supply Chains, Agriculture Produce Marketing, Policy, Advocacy & Empirical Research. We will be working in close collaboration with various government agencies, network partners, research institutes –both national & international.

To support us in this endeavor, we need dedicated & committed professionals ideally from the development sector. Currently, we are creating new positions at senior & middle management levels to support our regional offices in Maharashtra and Odisha and we are looking for people potentially with a Masters Degree in Agriculture Sciences, Social Sciences, Development Studies, Economics or Management.
Get in touch with us; Tel: +91-40-27009944 / 64639944).

Chetna Hyd offers a competitive salary and has progressive HR policies. We are an equal opportunities employer and qualified women are encouraged to apply.

* There are currently 89 fulltime staff on the payrolls incl. 40 professional staff and an additional 48 as paraprofessionals and field animators.

Chetna Organic Hyd is seeking services of an experienced AGRICULTURE ECONOMIST either on a full time or retainer basis to support our policy work. S/he will assist us to draw empirical evidences from the large datasets that continue to be generated from our work over the last 5-7 years and as well assist us to put in place both appropriate & systematic data collection/generation processes for the next 4-5 years across the operational rainfed regions.
Anyone interested may please contact or +91-99593-00330

The Centre has asked the Supreme Court to allow the use of pesticide endosulfan in all States except Kerala and Karnataka, as these States are ready to use it for agricultural pest control.
The Supreme Court in May last year banned the production and sale of endolsulfan in the country. In April this year, it asked the Centre to ascertain the quantity of raw material lying with three companies (producers of the banned pesticide endosulfan) and the manner in which the raw material could be disposed of.
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Despite the growing number of corporate leaders that recognize the importance of sustainability as a long-term business imperative, major challenges persist in closing the “execution gap” between strategy and actual performance. Closing this gap will require leaders to focus on embedding sustainability both broadly and deeply into the very fabric of the business.
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Naresh Talwar looks wistfully at his fields. A farmer for 40 years, his heart is no longer in his profession. "I used to employ 20 farmhands. Today, I make do with one permanent employee," says the man who owns land at Khatima, Uttarakhand.

All across the Terai and elsewhere in the country, the same lament is being repeated. Suddenly, farmhands have vanished...
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An alarming depletion in the water levels (at 57 per cent of last year’s storage) of important reservoirs, owing to the delayed and weak southwest monsoon, has prompted the Central government to issue an advisory to the States on Monday to make “judicious and regulated” releases.
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Crop-sowing patterns and cumulative deficit of 25% in rainfall till 9 July suggest this could be a possibility...
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An animation which exposes how people are paying the costs of corporate lawsuits under international investment agreements.




Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has said that the monsoon situation was worrisome as far as the pulses were concerned.

Bt cotton is created by inserting the Cry protein (endotoxin) gene from the soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis into the cotton plant which will then make every cell of the plant produce this bacterial endotoxin, rendering the plant poisonous to a class of insects called leptidopterans which includes the bollworm, which is the primary pest of cotton. The complete failure of synthetic pesticides to control this pest along with aggressive marketing by the biotech seed companies lured many a farmers into the neverending trap of Bt cotton.
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