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With growing debt and farmer suicides, agrarian crisis in India on the rise

52 per cent of cultivable land, farmers have seen their income eroding amidst rising input costs. There is, indeed, a tall order for the new government to radically reform agriculture, source of Livelihoods for half the population of the country. The new government could begin by biting the bullet, possibly by bringing agriculture under the Concurrent List of Constitution. Malwa region of Punjab has, incidentally, hundreds of farm widows. P

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The disruptive force of climate change on agriculture -Omair Ahmad

er comes from the three to four months of the monsoon (except for Afghanistan and China). As a result, we are critically dependent on rainfall for our crops, but also, what is more important, for the Livelihood of hundreds of millions of farmers. Climate change is disrupting all of this. The physics of it is simple. Hotter air holds more water. This means that it takes more water in the air for it to rain now than it did earlier. Also, when it rain

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Sunaina Rawat and the dilemma of Bharat -Richard Mahapatra

doctor, but her economic condition is not so encouraging. Her family has lost whatever little income they used to earn from farming as stray cattle destroyed it. And there is no alternative source of Livelihood. Can she be a doctor? Her answer revolves around the great divide between rural and urban India that she insists in that interview. “Urban people have money”. She repeats many times. In half-an-hour, she captured the agrarian crisis

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In Bengaluru, daily wage labourers are struggling to get even 10 days of work in a month -Chethan Ranganath GST and demonetisation continue to hurt the Livelihoods of workers in India’s IT hub. Kurubarahalli is a congested corner of India’s technology capital, packed with narrow roads, alleys, heavy traffic, shops and darshinis, as small self-service eateries are called here. The area starts humming with activity as early as 7.30 am. Among the first to arrive at the labour hub here are daily wagers seeking e

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The gender ladder to socio-economic transformation -Divita Shandilya

focus on women’s employment. The major national parties, the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress, have reached out to women, and their respective manifestos talk of measures to create more Livelihood opportunities in rural and urban areas, which include incentives to businesses for employing more women. What data show Currently, the participation of women in the workforce in India is one of the lowest globally. The female labour force

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How Poshan Kheti Is Helping Enhance Diet Diversity And Incomes In Rural Bihar

Sushma Devi. “My children are healthier now, and visits to the doctor are reduced and spending less on medicines is a proof,” she says with a smile. JEEViKA is implementing a rural Livelihood project in Bihar (Bihar Transformative Development Project) with funding from the World Bank. The project has five major components of which Health, Nutrition, and Sanitation (HNS) is one of the components. The project is implemented across Bih

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Squeeze on jobs -TK Rajalakshmi The Oxfam India report on employment says jobs remain a huge challenge in India where half of the workforce depends on agriculturefor Livelihood. Employment, or the lack of it, has emerged as one of the most contentious issues in the general election this year. Most surveys show that the single biggest concern preoccupying the electorate, especially the youth, is unemployment. The very fact that the government introduced a quota

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Sustaining India: Is There Anything to Choose Between BJP and Congress? -Ashish Kothari A look at how the country’s political heavyweights deal with environmental issues and Livelihoods in their poll manifestos Twin crises beset India today: serious unemployment and the loss of Livelihoods, along with the collapse of the ecological basis on which we all survive. Any political party that does not deal with these is not serious about the country’s future. So ho

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New forest law would put framers of the colonial act to shame -Anup Sinha

ent tension between present demands and future security. In India for centuries, forests have been used by human beings for a variety of purposes — from habitat to a store of food to sources of Livelihood. Anywhere between 100 million to 300 million people, mostly tribes, live in and around forests. They are poor and undernourished, with little education and access to healthcare. They depend on the forests for living and More »

Universal basic income not a panacea for poverty -Piyush Kamal

oor. As a welfare state, the objective is to ensure the reach of public goods to the maximum number of people, not only to improve their lives but also to increase their capabilities to earn a better Livelihood. The access to public goods such as primary education, health, sanitation, nutrition, and housing to people who cannot afford it provides an equitable opportunity for everyone to improve the overall quality of their life. The Indian versi

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