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Bakerwals are losing their way of life to barbed wire -Jayashree Nandi

ar. Much of the land is occupied by defence forces, the rest is under the forest department that, they say, doesn’t allow nomads right of way or right of grazing. This directly impacts their Livelihood, as most of them earn a living by selling milk and wool. Ghulam Ahmed Angar, who lives in the Bakerwal-dominated Nagbal village located on the way to Yousmarg, says: “Our pastures have been fenced off with barbed wire. Our animals are

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Poor land use can cost the world $23 trillion by 2050

d desertification affects about 1.9 billion hectares of land and 1.5 billion people globally. Everyone is affected by degradation as land provides us many ecosystem services such as food, shelter and Livelihood. In the next 25 years, land degradation may lead to a decline in global food production by up to 12 per cent, which might trigger a rise in food price by 30 per cent. The review highlights the urgent need to prevent degradation and desertifi

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World Bank Facing Legal Action for Destroying Fishermen's Livelihoods in Gujarat -Vivan Eyben

andards (PS). The human costs prompted the local communities to move court in the United States. Testimonies from the affected communities have shown the project’s abject disregard for their Livelihoods and the environment. The power plant has not put in place a mechanism for cooling water. This raises the temperature of the sea water where it is released, which incidentally happens to be fertile fishing ground. Due to the rising temperature

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Jean Dreze, development economist and social activist, interviewed by Rupashree Nanda (CNN-News18)

e rest of the economy most of the time. In fact, it barely keeps up with population growth. This means that those who are unable to diversify out of agriculture tend to be left behind. Further, their Livelihoods are particularly uncertain, depending as they do on good weather, remunerative prices, and other erratic factors. All this gives farmers a legitimate sense that agriculture is a losing occupation. The short-term issues are concerned with dr

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A law for waste pickers -Akhileshwari Reddy

he efforts of waste pickers, who form the backbone of this sector. Unfortunately, their profession remains unrecognised under the law in India. Waste picking is one of the most accessible means of Livelihood for the impoverished in India as it requires minimal skills, knowledge or capital investment. As per the definition adopted by the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, the term “waste picker” has been defined as: “A person or g

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Women are the guardians of the forest. So why does India ignore them in its policies? -Purabi Bose

om Maharashtra. She belongs to particularly vulnerable tribal groups and believes that for the Forest Department, forests are all about wood. It fails to see the non-timber products which support the Livelihoods of over 100 million people in India. Indeed, in 2017, the ministry launched a “Wood is Good” campaign to promote timber for industrial or commercial use. It collected over Rs 50,000 crore through a Central Compensatory Afforesta

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What the new Coastal Regulation Zone draft says, how it differs from the earlier version -Sowmiya Ashok

s-à-vis the previous one released in 2011 remains more or less the same. The new draft aims to “conserve and protect the unique environment of coastal stretches and marine areas, besides Livelihood security to the fisher communities and other local communities in the coastal areas and to promote sustainable development based on scientific principles taking into account the dangers of natural hazards, sea level rise due to global warming&h

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NREGA v minimum farm wages: How jobs Act is losing out to funds crunch -Shalini Nair

jasthan and Mizoram. Five states including Maharashtra, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh saw a Rs 2 increase in daily wages. Act versus Act The NREGA was enacted in 2005 “for the enhancement of Livelihood security of the households in rural areas of the country by providing at least one hundred days of guaranteed wage employment in every financial year to every household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work….”

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Can goats secure Livelihood for small and marginal farmers?

armers’ incomes may be futile if fodder and grazing lands, both diminishing, are not ensured Since goats were domesticated 10,000 years ago, they have been poor people’s most reliable Livelihood insurance. In India, goats are the most reliable source of earning a living in ecologically degraded areas. The reason: a goat has everything a poor or a person in emergency needs: low investment, high and consistent returns and near liquid mon

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