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Give Peace a Chance in Chhattisgarh

Many grassroots activists in Chhattisgarh are circulating a note among all democratic elements in the country to raise the demand of de-escalation of conflict between the security forces and the adivasis. They want lakhs of displaced adivasis of Dantewada 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, live

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Release of World Development Report 2010: Development and Climate Change

arbon footprints without sacrificing growth. In addition, many changes to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases also deliver significant benefits in environmental sustainability, public health, energy security, and financial savings.  Avoided deforestation, for instance, preserves watersheds and protects biodiversity, while forests can effectively serve as a carbon sink. Solving the climate problem requires a transformation of the world&rsqu

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Needed policies, not just promises

arly ironic because the production cost of millet is far lower than those of rice and wheat and the subsidy needed is extremely low. Therefore, if we really want to "weather proof" our food security we must reverse this situation urgently. We must also immediately include millets and pulses in the PDS (public distribution system), ICDS (integrated child development services) and mid-day meal programmes. This will enhance in quick time

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Father of ‘Green Revolution’ Borlaug dies at 95

ndia, Pakistan and Mexico. As a result, Mexico became a net exporter of wheat by 1963. Between 1965 and 1970, wheat yields nearly doubled in Pakistan and India, greatly improving the food security. He was also a recipient of the Padma Vibhushan, India's second-highest civilian honour. His farming techniques helped achieve self-sufficiency in cereal grains in India. Until recently, he traveled worldwide working for improvements

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It is raining Environment Reports!

ves with active support of the Ministry of Environment and Forests. It covers the state and trends of the environment (land, air, water, biodiversity) and five key issues namely, Climate Change, Food security, Water security, Energy security, and Urbanization. The Ministry initiated the SoE reporting process with all State Governments and Union Territories (UTs)

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Richer states, poor performance, in reducing malnutrition

yana, lower status of women in the society, which is further perpetuated due to failures in policy implementation and rising cost of accessing health care.    The State of Food Insecurity in Rural India (2009) says that economically developed states like Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka find themselves in the category of high food insecurity. In fact, one of the most p

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A method to overcome drought in India

Food security in India is getting more and more dependent on annual monsoons. In a year of low rainfall, a large section of the people, especially those below the poverty line, have to depend on subsidised government food rations. If this situation continues, the country will be stressed for resources to provide food for the people. Coping with water shortage from failed monsoons is somewhat similar to coping with an economic crisis by a famil

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tion for Transforming India (NITI Aayog), the 17 [inside]Sustainable Development Goals[/inside] are as follows: Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for al

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Legislating against hunger

The time has come for a comprehensive right-to-food law to tackle the deprivation and food insecurity that haunts India.  Over the last decade or so, a series of developments have drawn attention to the problem of food security. These are the persistence of hunger in many parts of the country being juxtaposed with food surpluses and stocks; the adverse impact of globalisation on agriculture a

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States oppose Centre’s proposal, insist on food for all

The Centre has asked the States to put a cap on the number of Below Poverty Line (BPL) beneficiaries under the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) for purposes of theproposed National Food security Bill. It also wants the BPL population identified afresh now, and every five years thereafter, as part of the TPDS reform. At present, the Centre allocates foodgrains based on the 1993-94 poverty estimates, to 6.52 crore BPL families. The n

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