Poorest Countries Are Having Hardest Time Ramping Up Food Output

Countries that are most in need of more food to feed their impoverished populations tend to be the ones where farmers have the hardest time expanding production. In low-income nations, agricultural productivity rose at a rate of 1.24 percent annually as of 2017, according to an annual study from the Global Harvest Initiative, a research organization sponsored by Deere & Co., Monsanto Co., Smithfield Foods Inc. and other businesses and nonprofits. That’s down from last year and less than the 1.75 percent needed to meet food needs in 2050. “If agricultural productivity…

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Dark chocolate is now a health food. Here’s how that happened.

A year after James Cadbury, the 30-something great-great-great-grandson of the British chocolatier John Cadbury, launched his luxury cocoa startup in 2016, he introduced an avocado chocolate bar. Cadbury Jr.’s newest confection loaded just about every buzzy health trend into a fresh green-and-white package: vegan, ethically sourced, organic dark chocolate and creamy, superfood avocado. The company promised to deliver the nutrition of avocados — in a chocolate bar. Journalists were dazzled. Love Cocoa Wait, what? Make no mistake: This vegan avocado chocolate bar is candy. With nearly 600 calories and 43 grams of fat per 100-gram serving,…

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On World Food Day, SonyLIV introduces the genre of food

  Ropes in Sanjeev Kapoor, Rajshri Food and India’s top celebrity chefs to curate the digital food experience   SonyLIV’s 4000 hours of exclusive food content to double within the next 12 months This World Food Day, SonyLIV introduces the food genre to its existing line-up of diversified content, thereby being the first mover in the OTT space to introduce food as a genre. Not only that, but SonyLIV is committed to bring the best of world cuisine to its viewers and will double its exclusive food content from the existing…

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Diwali Recipes: 9 Dishes from Popular Restaurants You Can Make at Home

Diwali is right around the corner and we are eagerly waiting to celebrate and gorge on some delicious food. The quintessential Diwali parties have already begun and people are busy merry making and attending to guests. But some of us may feel overwhelmed with all the planning and preparation that may go into making your home party a hit. A simple recipe for success is to make sure that you serve great food that will keep your guests happy and entertained. Good food can easily bring everyone together. To help…

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Catering Ideas to Make Your Diwali House Parties in Mumbai Memorable

Soon after I moved to Mumbai twenty years back, I realized that Diwali is to Mumbai what Durga Pujo is to Kolkata. Offices in Mumbai give the longest break of the year at this time as they combine Diwali, Bhai Dooj, Gujarati New Year and sometimes add a day or two bring in the weekend too. This is time to distribute bakshish, bonus and dry fruits too. With time I made lots of friends in Mumbai and then came across a Diwali phenomenon that I was not familiar in the Kolkata that I had…

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Bhai Dooj 2017: 6 Bhai Dooj Gifting Ideas for a Foodie Brother-Sister Duo

India is often called the land of festivals and we can’t agree more. Each fortnight the nation gears for new festival with a renewed zest and fervor. Right now, the Diwali festivities are on in its full swing. The celebrations start with Dhanteras on 17th October and 2017, which would be followed by Choti Diwali on 18th October and the Diwali on 19th October, but the celebrations don’t just cease there. Diwali is succeeded by the Govardhan Puja and Bhai Dooj on 20th and 21st October respectively. Bhai Dooj or Bhau beej is…

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HRD Ministry directs teachers, principals to ensure registration of their aadhaar cards

Principals, vice-principals and teachers have been asked by the Ministry of Human Resource and Development to make sure that they have registered their Aadhaar card number in the U-DISE (Unified District Information System for Education). It contains all official data related to school education in the country. As per Indian Express report, a circular was sent from the office of the Universal Elementary Education to schools on October 9, asking all heads of government, private and municipal schools to ensure that Aadhaar numbers of staff are entered in the system by October…

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China’s first yoga college begins enrollment for Master’s programme

The India-China Yoga College (ICYC), which comes under China’s Minzu University, has opened enrollment for its new master’s programme. ICYC was jointly set up by Yunnan Minzu University and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations in 2015. Students can now sign up for the three-year programme, the first two years of which will be completed in Kunming, capital of southwest China’s Yunnan Province, and the final year in India, according to Lu Fang, deputy dean on India-China Yoga College (ICYC). Students who complete the programme will receive degree/diplomas from both…

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Indie feature films go the crowdfunding way too

In 2014, Kolkata actor/director Prasun Chatterjee was ready with his dream script. He’d woven a tale about the friendship between two boys in a village in West Bengal in the backdrop of the demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992. Chatterjee was aware that his film, without a song and dance sequence or stars, would be difficult to sell to producers. But he hoped to be able to convince at least someone. For three years, meetings went fruitless. But in March this year, he abandoned the idea but not the film….

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Another story of Dipavali: SheBaba by Renuka Narayanan

This Dipavali, there seems no better wish to people of all faiths than the Sanskrit song sung by MS Subbulakshmi at the UN General Assembly on 23rd October 1966. The song is attributed by popular report to the Kanchi Paramacharya Sri Chandrasekharendra Sarasvati (1894-1994). I’ve also read that it was composed by the eminent musicologist Dr V Raghavan with the Paramacharya’s blessings and set to music by Vasant Desai. The Kanchi Paramacharya was the saintly personage whom the Dalai Lama described as “the only monk of the century” and whom…

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