Indian farmers are able to be more productive by analyzing micronutrients in soil, Mark Tran writes. By understanding what the soil needs, farmers can avoid adding unnecessary fertilizers while still improving crop yields.
Prakti, an Indian company, is developing clean cookstoves to reduce indoor pollution, which results in millions of deaths worldwide each year. The company offers affordable, custom-designed clean cookstoves.
Putting laws into place to stop violence against women are good, but cultures and attitudes must also be changed to protect women and girls, writes Katherine Brickell. "[T]he chasm between legal reform and change for women has emerged as a key challenge" for ensuring women's safety, she writes.
Despite anti-U.S. protests among civilian and government officials in Pakistan, the U.S. will accelerate the program that employs missile-equipped Predator drones to seek and destroy al-Qaida operatives hiding in the inhospitable wilds of Pakistan's mountainous Afghanistan border. The program has seen a sharp uptick, with 38 strikes since August -- nearly four times as many strikes as in 2006 and 2007 combined. Though the campaign has been met with sharp criticism from Pakistanis outraged by civilian deaths, U.S. counter-terrorism officials report the strikes have killed, confused and demoralized al-Qaida figures on the lam.