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India's soybean farmers demand help as rains and pests wipe out crops

09 Oct 2020

BHOPAL, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Soybean farmers in central India are seeking compensation from the government after a popular locally developed seed variety proved unable to withstand the erratic rains and pest attacks that hit the region this monsoon season.

FEATURE-India's soybean farmers demand help as rains and pests wipe out crops

09 Oct 2020

BHOPAL, India, Oct 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Soybean farmers in central India are seeking compensation from the government after a popular locally developed seed variety proved unable to withstand the erratic rains and pest attacks that hit the region this monsoon season.

Virus-idled Indian workers dig into a new job: boosting water security

04 Sep 2020

SAGAR, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Basant Ahirwar worked as an expert mason in India's northern Uttar Pradesh state before the country's coronavirus lockdown shut down business and forced him to return, jobless and largely on foot, to his home in central India’s Madhya Pradesh state.

FEATURE-Virus-idled Indian workers dig into a new job: boosting water security

04 Sep 2020

SAGAR, India, Sept 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Basant Ahirwar worked as an expert mason in India's northern Uttar Pradesh state before the country's coronavirus lockdown shut down business and forced him to return, jobless and largely on foot, to his home in central India’s Madhya Pradesh state.

FEATURE-In India's parched Bundelkhand, drought brings a tide of migration

05 Jul 2018

IGLAS, India, July 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Khuba Chand increasingly finds himself alone in Iglas, a drought-parched village in the Bundelkhand region of India's Madhya Pradesh state.

Murders, violence on rise as parched central India battles for water

29 Jun 2016

BHOPAL, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Imrat Namdev and her younger sister Pushpa Namdev were neighbors in Chhatarpur district, in the drought-hit Indian region of Bundelkhand. Both relied on the same well for water and, according to police, frequently quarreled over how much the other was using.

Armed guards protect last water in drought-parched Indian city

09 May 2016

TIKAMGARH, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Authorities in this drought-parched city in central India have deployed round-the-clock armed guards at a river-fed community reservoir to prevent farmers from siphoning the remaining water for irrigation.

Weather-weary Bundelkhand farmers resort to new cash crop: blood

17 Feb 2016

JHANSI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Karna, a farmer from Badgaon village in northern India, has few options but to sell his blood for money, after persistent drought left him unable to live off his land.

Can India tap fresh water wisdom for "smart" cities?

09 Oct 2015

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Shanti Kushwaha waits anxiously for the water tanker to reach the slums of Seelampur in India's capital New Delhi, bringing a scarce and fought-over essential.

Can India tap fresh water wisdom for "smart" cities?

09 Oct 2015

NEW DELHI, Oct 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Shanti Kushwaha waits anxiously for the water tanker to reach the slums of Seelampur in India's capital New Delhi, bringing a scarce and fought-over essential.

World News

Global powers push to end Nagorno-Karabakh fighting

Armenia's president headed to Brussels for talks with the European Union and NATO military alliance on Wednesday in a renewed drive to end the heaviest fighting since the 1990s over the mountain enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.