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Farm suicide as an indicator of agrarian crisis should be used with caution

ons) by Consumer Price Index-Rural, which is brought out by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI). It needs to be added here that in the wake of the enactment of National Food Security Act in 2013, the rate of inflation of Consumer Price Index for Agricultural Labourer (CPI-AL, 1986-87=100) and Consumer Price Index for Rural Labourer (CPI-RL, 1986-87=100) may be lower vis-à-vis the inflation rate of Consumer Price I

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Manifesto of tribal rights issued -Mohammed Iqbal

nment-friendly practices were also highlighted in the charter of demands. The document was released by the Tribal Development Forum, Vaagdhara, and other institutions working for tribal rights and Food Security here last week. Vaagdhara secretary Jayesh Joshi said on Thursday that the manifesto was handed over to the ruling BJP and all Opposition parties for its inclusion in their agenda for the Assembly election. Sustainable farming Mr. J

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Making every citizen an auditor -C Dheeraja and Karuna M

sed. Adequate disciplinary action against people responsible for the irregularities has also not been taken. The way forward In 2017, the Supreme Court mandated social audits under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) to be conducted using the machinery that facilitates the social audits of MGNREGA. Social audits of the NFSA have failed to take off due to lack of funds. Like the Rural Development Ministry, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food

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India must shift focus from food to nutrition security: IFPRI chief -TV Jayan

is suffering from the double burden of malnutrition, as well as over nutrition. New Delhi: If India has to contain high levels of hunger and poverty in the country, it should shift its focus from Food Security to nutrition security, as done by Thailand and Bangladesh, said Shenggen Fan, Director General of the Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). “India has two good examples to follow from its neighbourho

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She is the answer -Bina Agarwal

-The Indian Express Gender equality is key to Food Security. But policymakers don’t seem to recognise that Countries globally, including India, have agreed to fulfil the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), launched by the UNDP in 2016 as “a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity”. Among the 17 goals and 169 targets to be achieved by 2030, SDG 5 on

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Indigenous food must be brought back to plates, say ecologists -Meenakshi Sushma

8µ/g carotnoid. When we naturally have such nutritionally enriched edible plants, what do we need golden rice for?” says Debal Deb, an ecologist who did the study called ‘Forest for Food Security; relationship with forest ecological status and management systems’. He said this on the last day of the Conference on Food Sovereignty and Indigenous Food Systems, organised by Living farms, Odisha and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (RLS), G

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Without maternity benefits -Aditi Priya

-The Hindu The government’s maternity benefit programme must be implemented better and comply with the Food Security Act Yashoda Devi was five months pregnant with her third child when we met her in Jharkhand in June. She was in extreme pain. The doctor had told her that she was very weak and had advised her to improve her nutritional intake. But Ms. Devi did not have money to follow the doctor’s advice. Not serving its purpose

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Rajasthan Assembly Elections 2018: Tribals urge parties to ensure Food Security -Mohammed Iqbal

s to preserve MUNDRI: For southern Rajasthan’s tribals, the Assembly elections are an opportunity to press their demand with the contesting political parties for framing policies that ensure Food Security, even while helping them preserve indigenous practices, and assist in forming new linkages with the local health and financial services. The region’s tribal population wants political representatives to make interventions to help th

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Jean Dreze, development economist, interviewed by G Sampath (The Hindu)

izen. As a development economist and activist, he has helped draft some startlingly pro-people legislations, such as the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005, and the National Food Security Act, 2013. In his most recent book, Sense and Solidarity: Jholawala Economics for Everyone (January 2018), he makes a strong case for combining economic research with public action. In a freewheeling chat, Drèze spoke about, among oth

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