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For Mawasi tribe in MP's Satna, limited access to forests results in Livelihood loss and a generation forsaking tribal knowledge -Manish Chandra Mishra Satna: A chapati with a pinch of salt and some mustard oil is all that Madhu, a three-year-old girl from a hard-pressed tribal community in Madhya Pradesh, gets to eat on a regular basis. Milk and vegetables are rare luxuries that are available when her mother, Mamta, has enough savings to buy provisions from the village market. This mother and daughter are not alone in the deprivation. Madhu and Mamta are part of the Mawasi tribe, a community of forest dwellers, with a po

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A missed opportunity for game-changing reforms in agriculture -Sukhpal Singh

r creating a fund for upgrading of traditional industries of bamboo, honey and khadi by proposing to set up Common Facility Centres (CFCs) in 100 new clusters for 50,000 artisans under SFURTI, and 80 Livelihood Business Incubators (LBIs) and 20 Technology Business Incubators for creating 75,000 agro-rural entrepreneurs under ASPIRE. These are welcome moves. But, the small ruminants have been ignored as is much of agriculture. There are no schemes f

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What the 2011 census data on migration tells us? - Abhishek Jha and Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa

se shares are much higher than the share of these states in India’s total population. Interestingly, Uttar Pradesh figures in both lists – while there are people who leave it in search of Livelihoods, there are also clearly people who head for it in search of Livelihoods. 4. Between 2001 and 2011, there was an increase in the growth rate of migrants headed for other destinations within their

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Scale Neutrality in Indian Agriculture -Srijit Mishra & Kaushiki Singh

access to formal sources of credit? Is credit provided by formal sources scale neutral? The observation of the study suggests the following. The returns to the smallholder are woefully low to address Livelihood sustainability. The contention that the smallholders are inefficient is rejected. Further, the smallholders are the ones who have to rely more on non-institutional sources for their credit requirement and at many a times with a greater interest

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Augmenting Agrarian Livelihoods in the Time of Crisis: A Baseline for KALIA -Sarthak Gaurav

mpacts for farm households and briefly presents the evidence on impact evaluation of conditional cash transfers programmes across the globe. Furthermore, this study offers a baseline for agricultural Livelihoods in the state. Design/ methodology/approach – The study discusses frameworks for evaluation of the impact of direct benefit transfers such as KALIA. It uses the Agriculture Census 2015-16 to understand the patterns of operational holdi

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Make no mistake: Agriculture alone has the potential to reboot the economy -Devinder Sharma

-National Herald Agriculture, food and trade policy expert Devinder Sharma writes: “My understanding is that only agriculture can reboot the economy, sustain millions of Livelihoods, and reduce global warming.” At a time when Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz says that neo-liberalism is ‘dead and buried’, and the world as a result is increasingly grappling with the gigantic problems of rising unemployment, gnawing inequali

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Kerala to Follow Collective Farming Instead of Corporate Farming, Says State Agriculture Minister

and the scheme, so far, has grouped as many as 38,865 farmers bringing 2,742.4 hectares under cultivation. Now, Kudumbashree has launched a campaign, Samruthi, which aims to strengthen existing farm Livelihood sector by including more farmers and bringing more area under cultivation. The organic farming scheme also aims at bringing 10,000 hectares under organic farming in three years., 10 July, 2019, please click here to

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Budget 2019: A pro-farmer slant but just a field of dreams -Sayantan Bera

thing in this budget to revive rural income and demand. The allocation for few schemes which the finance minister mentioned in her speech is meagre. Since farmers voted on issues other than their own Livelihood, agriculture has lost the symbolic importance it used to enjoy in the budget." Please click here to read more.

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A scheme for farmers that has not reached most farmers -Bhim Reddy & Abhishek Shaw

have been left out in both the schemes, the link with land size makes the support provided by the Telangana scheme more substantial. PM-Kisan also falls short of Odisha’s Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme, which includes even poor rural households that do not own land. Though the first quarterly instalment, for the December 2018-March 2019 period, was to be provided in the last financial year, the benefi

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Homelessness highlights the inequality behind GDP growth numbers -Debarati Bhattacharya

omeless — vagrants, vagabonds, tramps, beggars, mendicants, idlers, indigents, itinerants and the underclass — are a heterogeneous constituency, belonging to different age groups, gender, Livelihoods and places of origin. Most of them are not beggars; a significant number work as casual wage labourers. Homelessness could be attributed to poverty as well as the failure of the housing supply system. Declaring 1987 as the International Yea

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