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Natural disasters cost India $80 billion in 20 years: UN report -Pradeep Thakur

or brake on eradicating poverty in hazard exposed parts of the world." She emphasised on the need for countries to capture economic losses which can help in disaster mitigation, saving lives and Livelihoods. "In the period 1998-2017, disaster-hit countries reported direct economic losses of $2,908 billion of which climate-related disasters accounted for $2,245 billion or 77% of the total. This compares with total reported losses for the p

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Indian agriculture's problem of scale

Chand, P.A. Lakshmi Prasanna and Aruna Singh had presented an intriguing update of this argument in 2011 in Farm size and productivity: Understanding the strengths of smallholders and improving their Livelihoods. Cobbling together data from the National Sample Survey Organisation, agriculture census and the Union ministry of agriculture’s input survey, they found that the inverse relationship between farm size and per-hectare agricultural produc

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Slide in farm size, but women land owners rise: Agri census -Vishwa Mohan

le domain than popular belief has it. The trend may reflect migration of men to cities for non-agricultural activities and also explain slowing down of land division as rural people seek alternate Livelihoods. The figures show landholdings have doubled in past 45 years (from 71 million in 1970-71 to 146 million in 2015-16), resulting in decline in average size of farms by more than 50% — a real worry for policy-makers as this makes agricul

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Shailaja Fennell, university senior lecturer at the University of Cambridge, interviewed by Deepanwita Gita Niyogi (Down to Earth)

s. They are also the repositories of traditional knowledge regarding millets. There is the inspiring case of the Deccan Development Society that has been a trailblazer is using millets to improve the Livelihoods of tribal women. These case studies provide rich detail about the pathways that can be strengthened to ensure that women become the guardians of traditional knowledge and also the trainers for future generations. * Do you think, gender wise

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Gift-a-cow drive in Kerala -KM Rakesh

and landslides. The hill district of Wayanad, which recorded the death of 223 cows during the calamity, has come up with the Donate a Cow programme, under which the administration will rebuild the Livelihoods of those affected. “Eight cows have been donated so far, 10 more are waiting to be handed over and many more are on the list,” Harsha V.S., the dairy extension officer who is in charge of the programme, told The Telegraph on Thu

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Brick-and-mortar chemists on strike today

arise online sale of medicines. The All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD) has claimed that online sales would raise the risk of drug abuse and drug interactions and threaten the Livelihood of its own members and declared a 24-hour strike starting Thursday midnight. A senior AIOCD official said all pharmacies attached to nursing homes and hospitals would continue to function in public interest and to cater to emergency requirem

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Primary lessons in citizenship -Anup Sinha

ives in, think, discover new facts, and create new objects of use. It also helps one in making informed decisions and choices. Education is useful to an individual in seeking employment or pursuing a Livelihood. Education is apparently about acquiring knowledge, skills and some sensibilities. It is also about social control and shaping an individual’s mind to be in conformity with prevalent social norms and mores. There is a fundamental contradi

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Forest Rights Of Adivasis: Their Struggle For Land Continues -Sandeep Sahu

-Outlook Cases of arrest of Adivasis collecting forest produce for their Livelihood abound in the area and they lived in constant fear of being dispossessed of their land. Now with the FRA’s legal force on their side, their struggle for their land continues. Ten years after he first filed his claim under the Forest Rights Act (FRA), Tentulipadar forest rights committee president Jama Majhi is still waiting for a paper declaring his right

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To put Kerala back on its feet -Bina Agarwal

-The Indian Express After the floods, women’s group farms hold the key to reviving rural Livelihoods. During last year’s Onam festival, women cultivating bananas in their group farms in Thrissur district — one of the worst affected by Kerala’s floods — would have reaped a substantial profit, and used it for investments, home needs, or gifts for their families. This year their fields lie in ruin. If Kerala has to t

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Madhav Gadgil, noted ecologist, interviewed by Nidheesh MK (

d environment. How does a democratic society go about resolving this trade-off? What should be the metric that should be employed? Metric can be developed and worked at. Firstly, the statistics on Livelihoods and how they are dependent on various resources, including natural resources—that has to be carefully collected. One ends up only making vague estimates because there isn’t enough very sound statistics made readily available. Unfor

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