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Farm suicide as an indicator of agrarian crisis should be used with cautionFarm suicide as an indicator of agrarian crisis should be used with caution
December 23, 2018

Passionate about the deepening of agrarian crisis, quite often journalists and media persons cite figures related to farm suicide (as provided by the National Crime Records Bureau) in order to draw the attention of the readers. They do so in the following ways: * Compare the absolute number of farm suicides (viz. suicide by cultivators + suicide by agricultural labourers) across regions/ states for a particular time point or time period or rank the regions/ states based on their relative performance in terms of the number of suicides committed   * Compare the proportion of farm suicides committed in a particular state/ region (with respect to the total number of farm suicides) with others at a particular time point or a certain time period or rank the regions/ states based on their relative performance in terms of the share of farm suicides committed * Compare the absolute number of farm suicides in a state...

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Marginal & small holdings saw increased fragmentation & contracted size between 2010-11 and 2015-16, indicates latest Agriculture CensusMarginal & small holdings saw increased fragmentation & contracted size between 2010-11 and 2015-16, indicates latest Agriculture Census
December 14, 2018

Just a few days ahead of the Kisan Mukti March in Delhi NCR, the provisional results of the Agriculture Census 2015-16 became available in the public domain. The report, among other things, highlights the long-terms problems affecting Indian agriculture including fragmentation of land holdings (particularly the marginal and small ones) and shrinking average size of farm land. The provisional results of the latest Agriculture Census reveal that at the national level the average size of operational holdings reduced from 1.15 hectare in 2010-11 to 1.08 lakh hectare in 2015-16, which implies declining economic viability as well as sustainability of farming. From chart-1, it could be discerned that the average size of marginal holdings decreased from 0.39 hectare to 0.38 hectare between 2010-11 and 2015-16, whereas for small holdings it fell down from 1.42 hectare to 1.41 hectare. In case of large holdings, the average size reduced from 17.38 hectare to...

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For assistance, police and lawyers are the least desired by female victims of sexual violenceFor assistance, police and lawyers are the least desired by female victims of sexual violence
November 27, 2018

During the last 2-3 months, one has seen complaints related to sexual harassment surfacing on social media as part of the #MeToo campaign. Many people have questioned why the victims were so late to reveal the harassments they faced in the past. Sceptics have also asked why the victims of sexual harassment did not seek either legal or police help. If you have similar doubts in mind, then you should read carefully the results of the National Family Health Survey-4 (NFHS-4) pertaining to violence that women face. The latest available data of NFHS-4 indicates that only 14.4 percent of women in the age cohort 15-49 years, who experienced physical or sexual violence, have sought help, and 75.9 percent have neither sought help nor told anyone about the violence they experienced. Although 9.8 percent of victims at the national-level told someone about the physical or sexual violence they experienced, they did...

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If you are a scribe, grab this unique opportunity: Apply for NFI Media Awards Programme 2019 (last date extended till 10th Jan, '19)If you are a scribe, grab this unique opportunity: Apply for NFI Media Awards Programme 2019 (last date extended till 10th Jan, '19)
December 15, 2018

The National Foundation for India invites applications for its National Media Awards Programme, 2019.  The award is for young, mid-career journalists and will allow them to publish and research articles /photo-essays on issues of national concern, which though important, do not receive adequate media attention. The award supports the pursuit of in-depth, creative field research on these concerns and writing about them with adequate evidence. Under the programme, ten to twelve awards of Rs. 125,000/- are awarded to print and photo journalist each year. The award programme is now in its twenty fourth year and so far around 250 journalists from across the country have been awarded under the programme. The foundation encourages proposals on a broad range of socially relevant issues.    The attached brochure (please click here to access) has details about specific thematic awards and application process. Please send in the completed applications to mini@nfi.org.in / stanzinotsal96@gmail.com . Last date...

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Country's non-income-based poverty level has fallen over the past 10 years, shows new reportCountry's non-income-based poverty level has fallen over the past 10 years, shows new report
December 13, 2018

For long, economists have argued among themselves whether income should be the only criterion for measuring poverty. After all, in real life a person can face multiple deprivations, say, in terms of access to education, health and living standards, among others. The multidimensional poverty index (MPI), which offers a valuable complement to traditional income-based poverty measures, was first introduced in the 2010 Human Development Report (HDR). The MPI looks at both the number of deprived people and the intensity of their deprivations. India's multidimensional headcount ratio (H) viz. the proportion or incidence of people (within a given population) who experience multiple deprivations has reduced from 54.7 percent to 27.5 percent during the last 10 years viz. between 2005-06 and 2015-16. This is revealed in the recently released Global MPI 2018 report, which has been co-produced by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI). The...

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