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How India’s ‘millet ambassador’ preserves ancient grains – and helps promote food security

Laheri Bai’s seed bank ensures traditional grains are kept alive amid a wider effort to promote millet’s suitability for cultivation in challenging climate conditionsCollecting seeds in her mud-walled farmhouse home in central India has pushed Laheri B…

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‘White gold’: why shrimp aquaculture is a solution that caused a huge problem

In the 1980s, farmers in Bangladesh went from paddies to ponds, letting salt water flood their land. Now millions are left counting the costAsadul Islam peers into his pond in south-west Bangladesh and watches as hundreds of caged crabs float past bene…

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‘It felt like wringing a dry sponge’: India’s dairy farmers face searing heat

Milk and cheese output from world’s largest producer faces catastrophic decline unless more heat stress resistant cattle are bredKailas Ramasamy gently guides his cows into a hangar-sized shed, tethers them to their posts, lays out their fodder and cl…

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