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Is loan waiver a panacea for rural distress? -Nilanjan Banik

d even threatened to resign if he cannot fulfill his promise. As has been seen time and time again, “farmers first” provides political mileage. With more than 55% of Indians earning their Livelihood from the agricultural sector, it comes as no surprise that political parties like to place their bets on the farmers’ cause. However, the real benefit to the farmers won’t come from loan waivers. We studied responses to farmer di

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One year and counting: anti-ONGC stir continues at Kadiramangalam -L Renganathan

district, where a sit-in protest entered its 365th day on Saturday, have renewed their resolve to oust the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) from the village to protect the environment and their Livelihood. A section of the villagers has been holding a relay sit-in protest at the Ayyanar temple complex for the past one year, asking the District Collector to visit them and give an assurance to fulfil their demands. A special meet organised o

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Solar-powered cold room boosts farm incomes -Juhi Chaudhary

th his produce on time, due to poor infrastructure. The lack of cold storage facility in the vicinity added to his woes and much of his harvest was spoiled, making it difficult for him to sustain his Livelihood. Alse lives in Lohara village of Parbhani district in the western state, which gets only eight hours of electricity supply in a day. This meant there was no way he could store fruits and vegetables in a cooler. He used to incur losses after

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Poverty: The direct approach isn't always best -Bjorn Lomborg & Manorama Bakshi

ay that has been shown to have an immediate and sustained impact on food consumption, income, and savings, as well as assets. Eliminating extreme poverty depends critically on creating sustainable Livelihoods for the economically active ultra-poor: households which are landless and primarily rely on casual work for their Livelihood. The success of a “graduation approach” in a number of countr

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A crop revolution -Anupama Katakam

d involves using adaptation and mitigation tools to build resilience to climate change. Besides increasing agricultural productivity and incomes, it helps ensure food security, provides a sustainable Livelihood and reduces greenhouse gases. Using the CRA guidelines, the SSP model promotes sustainable farming techniques, diversified Livelihoods through agriculture-allied businesses, increasing the consump

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A start-up project that aims to resolve solid waste issues, provide alternate Livelihood to wastepickers -Parthasarathi Biswas

ties. Pune: A Pune-based start-up has come up with a solution that, it claims, will not only help manage the increasing municipal solid waste in a decentralised way but also generate an alternate Livelihood for wastepickers. ‘Vaayu’, a brainchild of mechanical engineer-turned-entrepreneur Priyadarshan Sahasrabuddhe, will use a special bacterial solution that will ‘digest’ organic (wet) waste and turn it into biogas. The pro

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India's bureaucracy has failed its forest dwellers -Sanjiv Phansalkar

ified as PVTG. This small number of people is scattered over a large number of locations in over a dozen states of the country. NAC defined PVTG as a group of people who practiced pre-agricultural Livelihoods, who lived in forests, who eked out an existence through the subsistence mode and who exhibited stagnant if not falling populations. Some of the better-known groups among the PVTG are the Baigas of eastern Madhya Pradesh, Birhors of Madhya

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As Land Acquisition Continues Unabated, Gujarat Farmers Seek Permission to Die -Damayantee Dhar

and, which is to be taken over by the Gujarat Thermal Power Corporation (GPCL). For the past four months, Badi and its neighbouring 11 villages, where villagers depend largely on farming for their Livelihood, have turned into something of a conflict zone. Since February this year, police have been camping in agricultural fields in these villages. To add to that, from April 1 this year, the Bhavnagar police has declared a state of emergency in the 1

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For Adivasis in Maharashtra's Gadchiroli, mining has brought increased militarisation and violence -Raksha Kumar

a year, is already mining while Gopani Iron, Corporate Ispat Alloys and Jindal Steel Works Ispat have secured permission. The villagers oppose the mining, saying it threatens their environment and Livelihood. They are paying a heavy price for their resistance. In any conversation, the villagers clarify that there are three stakeholders in the battle they are fighting. The state aiding the mining companies, the Maoists and ordinary villagers. &ld

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