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Through A Wider Lens -Rajni Bakshi

pertains to Tata Power’s Mundra plant, financed partly by a $450-million loan from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), which caused extensive damage to the local ecosystem and thus the Livelihoods of fisherfolk and farmers. Jam is the lead plaintiff in a case filed in the US, in which the project-affected people are suing the IFC for damages. In May, in an unprecedented move, the US Supreme Court admitted the case and will give a judgme

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Not all milk and honey -Ashok Gulati & Ritika Juneja

k is more than that of rice and wheat combined. So, it is India’s biggest agri-produce. It is a source of income to small and landless agri-households — 70 per cent of those earning their Livelihood from milk are women. But before we get to the plausible solutions to the problem of falling milk prices in India, let us try to understand what led to this situation. First, the increase in milk production since 2014-2015 has been unpreceden

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A long march of the dispossessed to Delhi -P Sainath

risis has gone beyond the agrarian. It’s a crisis of society. Maybe even a civilizational crisis, with perhaps the largest body of small farmers and labourers on earth fighting to save their Livelihoods. The agrarian crisis is no longer just a measure of loss of land. Nor only a measure of loss of human life, jobs or productivity. It is a measure of our own loss of humanity. Of the shrinking boundaries of our humaneness. That we have sat by a

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The great Indian farm paradox -Yogendra Yadav

is also goes against the Government of India’s official definition of a farmer. The National Policy for Farmers, 2007, defines farmer as: ‘A person actively engaged in the economic and/or Livelihood activity of growing crops and producing other primary agricultural commodities and will include all agricultural operational holders, cultivators, agricultural labourers, share croppers, tenants….” The policy goes on to clarify tha

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Smallholder farming systems in the Indian Himalayas: Key trends and innovations for resilience -Prakriti Mukerjee, Reetu Sogani, Nawraj Gurung, Ajay Rastogi & Krystyna Swiderska

cultural productivity. They have responded by innovating to increase resilience and yields, using traditional knowledge, biodiversity and external knowledge. This report explores key trends in Livelihoods, food security, crop diversity and biocultural heritage across ten communities; the biocultural innovations developed in response to climatic and socioeconomic changes; and the social factors that have supported biocultural innovation. Ple

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Government's inaction leading to continuation of starvation deaths in Jharkhand

child who died a week before her.  She did not have a ration card. Jharkhand government has conveniently absolved itself of any responsibility as she may have come from Gaya, Bihar in search of Livelihoods. The Food Minister even said that his department was not responsible for the starvation death of persons who did not have ration cards. Contrary to government’s claims, the immediate causes of the 12 recent starvation deaths include d

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The seeds of sustainability -Sujatha Byravan

erage by 2024. Towards this end, substantial resource mobilisation for about ?16,500 crore is in progress. Tenant farmers and day labourers are also being trained, to ensure that through the ZBNF, Livelihoods for the rural poor will be enhanced. T. Vijay Kumar, a retired civil servant in charge of implementing the programme, views farmer-to-farmer connections as vital to its success. According to him, the role of the Agriculture Department is to ju

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Thoothukudi Isn't Alone - Tamil Nadu Has Been Rising in Protest for Decades -Poonkuzhali

e founded on environmental protection above all else. Having lost trust in lawmakers – both bureaucracy and politicians – the people have found their own ways to securing their rights and Livelihood. They don’t ask for the support of popular leaders or the backing of political parties. They have often been met with physical, legal and mental oppression by the state. A few have succeeded; many others fight on. Thanks to the martyrs of

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These people-managed forests are setting new examples in conservation and economy -Debarati Choudhury

e production and preservation of locally important species. The forest area of Kandhamal (Odisha) under CFR is almost entirely managed by tribal women and they view the rights as a means to a secured Livelihood and food consumption. In north Bengal, traditional intercropping techniques are being used to raise plantations and also increase the biodiversity of the forests. Trade of forest produce In the process of utilising forest resources for More »

Bureaucrats to visit villages to highlight schemes -Prashant K Nand and Elizabeth Roche Govt will send 700 bureaucrats to over 45,000 villages to ensure the masses have access to welfare schemes and showcase Livelihood models to women and farmers New Delhi: At a time when rural distress and protests by farmers are making headlines, the central government will send 700 bureaucrats to more than 45,000 villages to not only ensure that the masses have access to social welfare schemes but also showcase alternative More »

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