Farida Akhter

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    Sovereignty and rice

    Farida Akhter | Updated at 10:01pm on December 15, 2019

    FORTY-EIGHT years ago in 1971, Bangladesh emerged as a sovereign nation through a bloody liberation war, Mukti Juddha. We are now a sovereign country with...

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    Onion: getting out of pungent dependency

    Farida Akhter | Updated at 12:00am on November 05, 2019

    ONION became news headlines during September–October this year. It paused for a while as other critical issues such as Dengue fever, Riffat murder case and...

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    Rhetoric and reality

    Farida Akhter | Updated at 12:00am on September 29, 2019

    IN SOUTH Asia, Bangladesh is taking ‘pride’ to be the first country to introduce GMO food crops, despite protests from farmers, community organisations and scientists....

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    Deceptive IRRI strategy to get Golden Rice approved

    Farida Akhter | Updated at 12:00am on April 21, 2019

    ON MARCH 7, 2019 the director general of the International Rice Research Institute, Dr Matthew Morell visited Bangladesh Rice Research Institute....

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    Goats, women and Women’s Day

    Farida Akhter | Updated at 12:00am on March 08, 2019

    ON THE International Women’s Day, I would like to talk about goats and climate change and will argue why these issues are fundamental for women’s...

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    When Bt brinjal is a failure, why Golden rice?

    by Farida Akhter | Updated at 12:00am on February 11, 2019

    INTRODUCTION of genetically modified crop is a highly risky venture, particularly in a country like Bangladesh that is rich in biodiversity and bio-geographically known as...

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    India asks about Btbrinjal: what Bangladesh can say?

    Farida Akhter | Updated at 12:00am on October 30, 2018

    SINCE 2014, Bangladesh has been commercially field testing four Btbrinjal varieties. In October 2013, on its last day of the session, the 9th parliament approved...

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    Dear honourable environment minister!

    by Farida Akhter | Updated at 12:05am on February 10, 2017

    WHAT is the role of the ministry of environment and forestry in giving approval to a government project? I wanted to ask the very question...

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    Cultivating ‘gold’: a Nayakrishi approach to renewable future

    Farida Akhter | Updated at 04:26pm on January 22, 2017

    In Nayakrishi Andolon (biodiversity-based ecological agriculture movement), one of the key words to grasp the notion and practice of this unique farming is ‘regeneration’. The...