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FAO Country Director in India Tomio Shichiri interviewed by Abhimanyu Chakravorty (The Indian Express)

(wheat, maize and rice) to provide nearly 50 per cent of the global dietary energy supply. This needs to change. A diverse variety of foods is crucial for providing healthy diets and safeguarding the Environment. Q. Voices of women and less privileged groups are often left out of decision-making, especially in areas that affect their living conditions. How important is it to promote the participation of rural populations with respect to providing f

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Extreme weather events destroying our economy in a big way, indicates official data

man and cattle lives, personal property and crops grown by farmers and farm workers. A chapter on extreme weather events and natural disasters in the report entitled EnviStats India 2019, Vol. I: Environment Statistics reveals that more than 2,100 Indians died every year because of extreme natural events between 2001-02 and 2018-19. Almost 14.8 lakh cattle lives were lost and roughly 2.3 crore houses/ huts were damaged owing to extreme natural eve

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The government needs to midwife Indian agriculture to an organic revolution -Abhik Roy and Nikhil Kumar

The need to change the methods of farming to meet the demands of the growing population was inevitable. The emphasis was laid on intensive agriculture practices which later proved detrimental to the Environment. The history of organic agriculture in India dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization. Mostly, traditional forms of agriculture prevailed in India. Farmers then practiced sustainable agriculture for their subsistence. They used wide a

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A logical bias could be keeping us from noticing South India groundwater crisis -Sagnik Ghosh "It's pretty ubiquitous and we need to pay attention to it." During World War II (1939-1945), pilots were interested in ways to make their fighter jets more resistant to getting shot. To this end, the Allied forces at least would inspect jets that returned from sorties and check where the bullet holes were. Then they would reinforce those areas and send the planes back. Fortunately for them, a statistician realised that this ad hoc solution wouldn’t improve

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Green norms for project expansion could be relaxed -Jayashree Nandi

roposed capacity expansion up to 40% from the requirement of public consultations, with certain riders. In a move that could turn out to be a bonanza for the mining and infrastructure sectors, the Environment ministry is considering a number of relaxations in the Environment impact assessment (EIA) process that is carried out for development projects, including mining, before they are given the go-ahead.

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From droughts to floods: India's tryst with climate extremes -Aarti Kelkar Khambete

ated at the Water Talk Series organised by Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai,  on ‘The Discourse of Flood and Drought in India – The Question of Life, Livelihood and Environment’ . Human interventions, faulty developmental models exacerbate impact of floods Floods and droughts are inevitable, says Himanshu Thakkar from South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People (SANDRP), but can turn into disasters due

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Suppressing criticism a sure fire recipe for policy mistakes: Raghuram Rajan

government functionary asking them to back off, or gets targeted by the ruling party’s troll army, many will tone down their criticism. The government will then live in a pleasant make-believe Environment, until the harsh truth can no longer be denied,” Rajan wrote in his essay. He added that constant criticism allows periodic course corrections to policy, and public criticism indeed gives government bureaucrats the room to speak truth

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Can we prevent rural suicides? Yes, it is possible, says a recent WHO-FAO publication

s have case fatality rates like those for suicide attempts by hanging and firearms. There is a rich literature available, which indicates the ill-effects of chemical pesticides on human health and Environment. The recently released booklet of WHO-FAO says that long-term occupational or domestic exposure could cause chronic illnesses – including dermatitis, respiratory problems and cancer apart from reproductive, neurodevelopmental and behavio

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The slow climb to the trillion economy peak -Indira Hirway

conomic growth on major development goals — examples being improvement in education, health and overall human development/human capital formation; expansion in productive employment for all and Environmentally sustainable development, etc — depends on the nature and composition of growth. Share in wealth The economic growth experience in India in recent decades has shown that growth has had an adverse impact on all these developmenta

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