The changing structure of agricultural trade in a globalizing world has become an integral part of effective rural development. In this context, contract farming has emerged as a promising rural development strategy that has gained momentum in the region, providing technical training, production inputs, and market linkages to smallholders.

The main objective of the present study was to evaluate the status of pollution in Pali caused by textile industries, as Pali is an important industrial area of Rajasthan where a number of textile industries are active.

A report by Climate Strategies and CDKN, The Way Forward in International Climate Policy: Key Issues and New Ideas 2014, highlights opportunities and new ways of thinking that could move the world towards an ambitious global climate deal and more climate-compatible development.

The paper finds that energy efficiency policies in Asia are expected to have a positive impact on private consumption, government expenditures, and investment. Such policies would also lead to a significant rise in trade within the region while reducing trade outside.

Climate policy is getting nowhere, while climate change continues unchecked. Yet in the midst of this crisis of humankind there is new hope.

Future sea level rises could put more than $200 billion of Australian infrastructure at risk, a report by the Climate Council has found. The report, Counting the Costs: Climate Change and Coastal Flooding, showed sea levels were likely to rise by between 40 centimetres and one metre over the next century.

While Bhutan has made remarkable gains in reducing extreme poverty, sections of its population remain vulnerable to falling back into poverty, says the Bhutan Poverty Assessment Report.

A World Bank Group analysis of the Ebola epidemic finds that if the virus continues to surge in the three worst-affected countries – Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone – its economic impact could grow eight-fold, dealing a potentially catastrophic blow to the already fragile states.

IDMC’s latest Global Estimates report shows that 22 million people were displaced in 2013 by disasters brought on by natural hazard events. As in previous years, the worst affected region is Asia, where 19 million people, or 87.1 per cent of the global total, were displaced during the year.

Bangladesh Forest Department under the Ministry of Environment and Forests is organizing the three-day conference in cooperation with Global Tiger Initiative, Global Tiger Forum and development partners, including the World Bank aimed at saving the big cat from its extinction.