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Rajasthan Assembly Elections 2018: Tribals urge parties to ensure food security -Mohammed Iqbal

nt in agriculture, forestry, animal husbandry, pasture, medicinal products and fruits. While tribal communities residing in Banswara and Dungarpur districts earlier enjoyed a forest resource based Livelihood, large-scale deforestation has forced them to shift to farming on sloping land and caused degradation. Continued and damaging water run-off that has resulted in the loss of agricultural land along the stream course in several areas and led to a

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MP, Rajasthan Under BJP Have Steered the Destruction of Workers' Security -Praneta Jha

ition of industrial workers. Besides administering meagre rates of minimum wage, the two states have introduced a slew of changes in their labour laws, leaving workers unprotected and making their Livelihoods more insecure than ever — in the name of promoting ‘ease of doing business’. The minimum wage rate in Rajasthan is among the lowest in the country. As per the latest notification in 2018, the minimum monthly wage rate is R

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Camel milk is gaining popularity. Could it be an alternative for dairy market? - Smitha Verma

l;hler-Rollefson set up Lokhit Pashu-Palak Sansthan (LPPS), a not-for-profit working for camel breeders, at Sadri, Rajasthan, with her associate Hanwant Singh Rathore to sustain the community’s Livelihood, as well as their animals. And in 2011, she started Camel Charisma, a micro-dairy in Ranakpur that produces about 150 litres of camel milk a week. “Despite the huge hype, it remains a niche product even in Europe and the US, but is growin

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Demonetisation: A circus, clowns and a silver bullet -James Wilson

ng, and apparently on a whim. In these nine months, India’s GDP tanked, and hundreds of thousands of small businesses went bust, and many more millions of people lost their jobs and means of Livelihood. Agricultural produce rotted in mandis as there were no buyers. Entranced by the story told to them by a snake oil salesman who dangled the carrot of a clean, corruption-free India, the public grinned and bore the tribulations of living in a ca

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Missing the wood for the trees -Prabhat Patnaik

d speculation, but speculators, far from being “bubbles on a steady stream of enterprise”, create instead a “whirlpool” upon which enterprise itself becomes a mere bubble. The Livelihood of over a trillion people cannot be made “a by-product of the activities of a casino”. As against this RBI position we have the government’s position that is equally questionable, which wishes to make the RBI into a virtual

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No small change this -TV Jayan

credit and other financial services — often of very small amounts — to the poor in rural, semi-urban or urban areas for enabling them to raise their income levels and attain a meaningful Livelihood. Notwithstanding their late entry on the Indian scene, MFIs — be they are formed as societies, trusts or non-banking finance corporations (NBFCs) — assumed a lead role in providing credit to the poor. In Ujjivan: Transforming Wit

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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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