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jobs for poor rural households. * 500 million small farms worldwide, most still rain fed, provide up to 80 percent of food consumed in a large part of the developing world. Investing in smallholder Farmers is an important way to increase food security and nutrition for the poorest, as well as food production for local and global markets. * In 1990, 53 percent of all Indian children were malnourished. In 2015, malnourishment declined to 40 percent.

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Dalits, the poor and the NREGA

and Scheduled Tribes or below poverty line families or to beneficiaries of land reforms or to the beneficiaries of the Indira Awaas Yojana of the Government of India, or that of the small or marginal Farmers as defined in the agriculture debt waiver and debt relief Scheme 2008.” (the amendments made are marked in italics). The definition of small and marginal farmer used here implies that anyone who owns up to five acres of arable land (over 80

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Jhabua on its way to becoming Vidarbha-II?

With shift to a high-input cash cropping system, the debt process bears an uncanny resemblance to the ‘catastrophe’ If it does not rain over the next week, Farmers of Petlawad tehsil and its neighbouring regions in Jhabua might have to go the same way as their brethren in Vidarbha did. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan recently declared Jhabua, along with 36 other districts, drought-hit. The agricult

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The Paper Rations

Commission on the Right to Food, Patnaik is also a member of the Expert Committee of the Planning Commission on Conditional Cash Transfers. He favours continuing with the PDS because it also supports Farmers by buying their grains at a guaranteed minimum support price. “Who is going to buy their grains, and where will those grains go?” he asks. Jacob Thomas, principal secretary in the department of food, civil supplies and consumer protect

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squo;s entitlement category for at least five years. Since the aim of food security is to attain nutrition security, elements of balanced diet, such as pulses, high nutrition millets (which also help Farmers fight droughts), edible oils and some basic spices must also be included in the Right to Food bill. The links below contain both sides of the story on Right to Food and some of the suggestions/ recommendations made by various experts:

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s exactly in the opposite direction. For instance, offering cheap wheat and rice -- and not the drought-resistant millets -- to the BPL families under soon-to-be-launched Right to Food Act is pushing Farmers to sow paddy at their own peril. There is no move to include the high-nutrition millets in mid day meal scheme either. The government is not even contemplating a ban on summer crop of paddy despite it resulting in a dramatic depletion of groundwat

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Drought management for rural livelihood security

be done to meet the challenge?  There are reports in financial newspapers that the ongoing drought affecting nearly 200 districts in the country may not have much effect on GDP, since the Farmers in the drought-affected areas contribute hardly 3 per cent to GDP. It is sad that such a measure of the impact of drought on the lives and livelihoods of millions of rural families is even considered. It is this mindset that is responsible for our

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India's water use 'unsustainable'

fields. Dr Raj Gupta, a scientist working for the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), said that the current drought would lead to more groundwater extraction. "Farmers receive no rains so they are pumping a lot more water than the government expected, so the water table will fall further," he said. "The Farmers have to irrigate, and that's why they're

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21 Farmers end lives in 40 days in Andhra

It's official. Even as Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy admitted there had been 20 suicides by Farmers in the state in the last 40 days, yet another case came to light on Saturday. Peddolla Nadipi Bhumanna hanged himself at home in Donchanda village of Morthad mandal late on Friday night. It’s learnt that the 55-year-old farmer, faced with crop failure, was driven to desperation because he was unable to clear his mount

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Taking goals of NREGA-I forward

over 70 in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. And if we focus on Adivasis, the proportion shoots up to as high as 76-87 per cent in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Rajasthan. Millions of our small and marginal Farmers are forced to work under NREGA because the productivity of their own farms is too low to make ends meet. NREGA will become really powerful when it helps to rebuild this decimated productivity of small farms and allows these people to return to ful

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