Advising governments on how best to beef up food security and combat food inflation is what keeps Ashok Gulati, Director, Asia, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), busy these days.
A clutch of entrepreneurs wants to set up refrigeration facilities in India - and prevent colossal food wastage in the bargain.
More than legal contracts, it's companies' contact with farmers that's the name of the game.
By helping farmers till their land, Coromandel International has created a new revenue stream.
Low processing levels underscore the huge potential in value-added foods.
Ethiopia emerges as the new land of hope for Indian agri-business.
A high-cost structure and intense competition make flower exports wither.
Cultivating rice via drip irrigation can save plenty of water, but it has to be commercially viable first. India is a land of plenty. It is also a land of plenty of waste. If you suffer Malthusian nightmares of the Great Unfed Billions, think of the food we produce that we don't even consume. Here is what our readers has to say about our stories. Here is a small Q&A with Vineet Nayar,CEO, HCL Technologies. Be explicit about the reasons with your potential employers.
People, places and products Here is a take on people, places and products doing the rounds these days. Vicky Ward has written a thriller on how the rot set in and destroyed an icon, says Josey Puliyenthuruthel. High definition is the new boy in TV town and BT recommends that you invest in an HDTV set-top box. If you are window-shopping for a Ulip, here are some of the essentials you should consider. The IRDA guidelines will make Ulips cheaper and better while retaining their inherent benefits. Infrastructure, manufacturing and telecom sectors are on a roll, reveals a BT-TeamLease survey. Multinationals are closing in on Big Pharma, but there are enough mid-size stars as well.
A Passage to Chindia After a successful outing in China, some of the world's biggest skincare brands are hoping for an encore in India.
The next jackpot Sikkim is making sports betting legal in India for the first time but the odds of the multi-billion dollar business spreading to other states are slim.
Thinking blue sky DTH firms in India sight profits as they find themselves on the cusp of what promises to be the world's biggest market for satellite-based TV services. The sector's rapid growth has not meant that the financially excluded are better off. India's No. 1 carmaker Maruti has proved marketing purists wrong by successfully managing multiple brands in similar price points. A few nimble players are furiously delivering financial services to a widely dispersed population and are making money - one customer at a time. As India Inc. spreads abroad, it is sending its home-grown talent to take charge. Since the Green Revolution, there haven't been too many breakthroughs in Indian agriculture, barring BT cotton; however, the spread of best-in-class agricultural practices can be of help. RBI should maintain a benign interest environment despite inflation, argues Samiran Chakraborty.
The untold oil reform The UPA government plans to migrate to a new pricing regime for kerosene and LPG as well, not just petrol and diesel.
Teaser rates are back HDFC, the largest player in the home loan business, has revived teaser rates although Chairman Deepak Parekh had earlier dismissed such schemes as marketing gimmicks.
Review and technology A computer monitor that does a lot more and Audi's small SUV goes local.
In the big league A week after tying the knot with fiancee Sakshi Rawat, India's cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni inked a blockbuster Rs 210 crore ($46 million) deal with talent management company Rhiti Sports Management, which will now manage all his endorsements.
Well Said Here is what leaders said the in last fortnight.
BT-Ernst and Young Deal Watch The biggest deals in the past 30 days.
A goal for Spain's economy Spain's soccer World Cup triumph may just have come as a shot in the arm for its troubled economy.
Etcetera Last fortnight, a solarpowered aircraft, Solar Impulse, completed a pioneering 24-hour nonstop flight and landed safely at an airbase near Berne, the Swiss capital. James Whitehurst, President and CEO, Red Hat, the iconic company selling subscriptions for managing open source software, thinks out of the box.
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