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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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Dalits, the poor and the NREGA

ffer to do casual manual work on eight categories of work — most of which are designed to strengthen the natural resource base of those who are most dependent on such community assets for their Livelihoods. At a meeting with a group of farmers including small and marginal farmers who work on NREGA worksites, there was unanimous agreement that the amendment would place the controls of the NREGA in the hands of the landed peasantry. Another

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Legislating against hunger

ing this right requires not only equitable and sustainable food systems and increases in agricultural productivity but the purchasing power to buy the necessary food. This, in turn, requires means of Livelihood security such as the right to work and social security. Since those at risk of hunger are poor and also socially powerless, discriminated and marginalised, an enabling legal entitlement can weaken the power of entrenched interests arraigned aga

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Food for all

and this is confirmed by the calorie consumption data. The recent rise in food prices in India is likely to have made matters much worse, and the effects of the global crisis on employment and Livelihoods within the country are likely to cause further deterioration of people’s access to food. Clearly, therefore, food security is currently one of the most important policy areas, and demands stressing a rights-based approach to public food

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Drought management for rural Livelihood security

Agriculture is not just a food producing machine but the backbone of the Livelihood of 60 per cent of Indians. The extensive drought spotlights a situation of mass rural deprivation and a mindset that is insensitive to it. But there are some encouraging signs. What should be done to meet the challenge?  There are reports in financial newspapers that the ongoing drought affecting nearly 200 districts in the country may not have much effect

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