Over several decades, most Indian farmers have moved either toward commercial crops—like soybean and sugarcane—or toward hybrid varieties of indigenous crops. Meanwhile, grains like traditional millets, which can withstand rapidly changing weather, are on the decline in India. With the Indian government having convinced the UN to declare 2023 the International Year of Millets, what does it mean for Indian farmers? Sanket Jain reports from the western Indian state of Maharashtra.
After being displaced more than 60 years ago to make way for damming the Zambezi River, the basilwizi people—now known as either the BaTonga or the Korekore—have neither water to drink nor with which to grow crops. Further, they have no easy access to the dam known as Lake Kariba, so they can fish. Thulani Mpofu reports from Zimbabwe.
Climate change impacts and an epidemic of Lumpy skin disease killing cattle have forced many rural Indians to flee their homes in search of another source of income and take on loans for living expenses. Sanket Jain reports from the countryside of the western Indian state of Maharashtra.
Oppressed people in India have helped build the country into one of the largest sugar producers. But with that has come the bitter taste of labor-law violations and an endless loop of debt. Sanket Jain reports from the sugarcane fields of western Maharashtra.
Over the last 14 years, Sicily has reported more than half of Italy's wooden (and non-wooden) burned area. Throughout the world, fires have intensified over the last 20 years, with more than 1 billion acres—or 11 percent—of tree cover lost. This not only affects biodiversity and human settlements close by. The greenhouse gasses emitted exacerbate the current climate crisis. Natalia Torres Garzon reports. Photography by Antonio Cascio.
Climate change, dam projects, and poor water and pollution management in Iraq's Kurdistan region threatens food production and livelihoods in rural communities, reports Alessandra Bajec.