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25 mn more kids to go hungry by 2050; India to be worst-hit

bout 89 percent of people affected by disasters worldwide. More than 60 percent of the economically active population and their dependents -- 2.2 billion people -- rely on agriculture for their Livelihoods in developing parts of Asia. The study, Climate Change: Impact on Agriculture and Costs of Adaptation, was prepared by IFPRI for inclusion in two separate reports from the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank, both released on Wedne

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How to Minimise Displacement through Alternative Patterns of Development by Bharat Dogra

utrition schemes, enormously increasing the resources for these while at the same time integrating these well with the rural communities then again it will be possible to generate a lot of additional Livelihoods for which it is not at all necessary to leave farming. Some members of a family can benefit from full-time or part-time employment in these activities, while farming also continues. Landless families should be provided some land under lan

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Two senior officers of the district administration in Bihar fined for contravening the RTI Act

t that the NREGA guarantees a minimum of 100 days’ wage employment to every rural household. This is a unique flagship programme of the United Progressive Alliance Government intended to ensure Livelihood security for families living in villages and hamlets. Wherever alert civil society organisations and activists monitor the implementation of this programme, corruption is of a much lower order; in others mismanagement of funds is rampant.

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Kerala fights clock in ASEAN free-trade deal by Ranjit Devraj

um and the Kerala Free Fish Workers Federation (KSMTF) are leading a nation-wide programme of agitation aimed at halting the trade deal with ASEAN. "Cheap imports of fish will threaten the Livelihood of fish workers. The pact will enable the dumping of 177 species of fish in the Indian market," said KSMTF president T Peter. "We are confident of winning popular support from consumers in India because the fresh catches of anchovy, l

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Shadow of Drought on Delayed Monsoon

will be no rabi harvest. Hence, late arrival of rains hardly mitigates the challenges of lower agricultural production, shrinking of rural purchasing power, high inflation of food prices and loss of Livelihoods.   The issue was discussed threadbare during the State Agricultural Ministers’ meet on 21 August, 2009. Until a day earlier, the rainfall deficit was 26% resulting in substantial loss of sown area in kharif 2009 and 246 d

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Give Peace a Chance in Chhattisgarh

tewada be allowed to return to their villages and rebuild their ravaged agrarian and forest based economies. However, this time they also want an assurance from the state government on right to life, Livelihood and civil liberties. Sudha Bharadwaj of the Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha argues that this is necessary for averting an impending genocide in the name of counter-insurgency. Enclosed below is the text of the appeal: Activists and

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The Earth Is Rumbling

ople of Kalahandi oppose Vedanta’s takeover of a region they hold in reverence Tradition & Progress The tribal view Can there be another Niyamgiri? What do we do for our Livelihood? We can’t live on compensation money. Why destroy for development? The Vedanta view Complying with all environmental rules, compensating tribals well Have spent $24 mn in rehabilitation India will become a world leader

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DEBATE: Is NREGS II a product of a complacent UPA II?

ent of Rural Development and Department of Land Resources, Ministry of Rural Development: 1. Under NREGA, large sums of public investments are made. Leveraging these investments towards sustainable Livelihood requires inter-sectoral convergence. Since NREGA planning is decentralized and funds transferred are untied, work can be planned/ structured and executed as per local specific requirements. NREGA thus becomes a significant entry point for conve

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three. * 66 million primary school-age children in developing countries attend classes hungry, with 23 million in Africa alone. * Agriculture is the single largest employer in the world, providing Livelihoods for 40 percent of today’s global population. It is the largest source of income and jobs for poor rural households. * 500 million small farms worldwide, most still rain fed, provide up to 80 percent of food consumed in a large part of t

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A better rural programme

ration, 70% of the beneficiaries revealed that the migration is only for just wages and not for any better wages. This implies that there is a distress migration for just minimum wages to eke out the Livelihood and for survival rather than for better wages. Notable among the responses is that 82% and 67% of the households interviewed in the eastern and northern regions, respectively, expressed that the out-migration is in search of work and meagre wag

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