Nero’s Guests

Farmer suicides. The issue that is, at times, shoved under the rug and only ever so slightly cracks the surface in mainstream media.

Author Anna Rees, 10.03.12

Farmer suicides. The issue that is, at times, shoved under the rug and only ever so slightly cracks the surface in mainstream media.

The causes of this issue are manifold. As pressure on the agricultural system mounts-with farmers struggling with inconsistent crop yields, soaring grain prices and the advent of genetically modified crops-many farmers take out crippling loans to provide for their families, entering into a debt agreement many find impossible to repay.

In a much-needed effort to shed more light on this issue (and prompt further discussion about a resolution), veteran journalist P. Sainath released the documentary “Nero’s Guests” in 2009. If recent figures about farmer suicides are anything to go by (one article states that a farmer commits suicide every 12 hours), it must be said that the problem is far from resolved and action is needed to assist the people who are so essential to India and its greatest industry.

Check out Sainath’s documentary below.

Nero’s Guests (P. Sainath: Inequality and India’s Agrarian Crisis) from The Atomic Potato on Vimeo.

Torge Peters/ Studio Nørden
Civic Tech: Citizens Drive Environmental and Climate Protection with Public Data, Apps and Platforms

With citizen-owned digital tools, environmental data and government knowledge can become part of the common good and starting point for change.

Interview: How Can Citizens and Civil Society Use Civic Tech to Initiate Change?

What is civic tech and how can it facilitate political protest? Daniel Staemmler from Humboldt University Berlin answers these questions.

© Marvin Meyer/ Unsplash-License
What is Civic Tech?

Digital technologies offer the opportunity for more people to participate in research and policy, collect environmental data and create the pathways to demand climate action. This is what Civic Tech is all about. But what exactly is behind this term?

Power to the People: How Can Civic Tech Help Create a Local Energy Revolution?

Civic technology helps communities put power into their own hands - quite literally. New open source technologies can provide powerful tools to those looking to set up local renewable energy grids.

How Sensors on Walls and Balconies Can Help Citizens Clean Up Air Pollution

The air in our cities is polluted. With sensors, citizens can collect measurements, allowing them to uncover sources and build up political pressure.

GlobaLeaks: Providing a Safe Space for Whistleblowers to Reveal Wrongs

Whistleblowing is never easy - and exposing the truth can mean unemployment, imprisonment or worse. GlobaLeaks provides safe and secure tools so whistleblowers can reveal dark commercial or governmental secrets with confidence.

Gregor Fischer
Civic Tech – How Citizens Shape the Future with Digital Technologies. Interview with Geraldine de Bastion

For Geraldine de Bastion, digitisation is a development that we can - and must - actively shape. And also that we should use digitization for more climate protection. We talked to her about civic tech in environmental and climate protection and the challenges of digital engagement.

Sustainabill: The Cloud Platform Making Supply Chains More Transparent

As international supply chains grow longer, it also becomes harder to identify human rights and environmental abuses. Now, a cloud platform is incentivising transparency by helping companies track their suppliers.