The state of Punjab spearheaded the Green Revolution that has transformed Indian agriculture. Encouraged by price guarantees, expanded irrigation, and the introduction of high-yielding crop varieties, Punjabi farmers have shifted toward intensive production of grains.
In the Caribbean region, the combination of increased imports of processed foods and limited consumption of healthy foods, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, has contributed to a growing problem of obesity.
In rural Colombia, most families own small farms (less than 3 hectares) on which they chiefly grow potatoes. Planting high yielding varieties is vital to achieve adequate yield for both consumption and sale.
The documentary "Forward Home," produced as part of IDRC's Opportunities in CARICOM Migration : Brain Circulation, Diasporic Tourism, and Investment project, reveals the economic power of the Caribbean's overseas communities.