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Delhi air pollution: What kind of a challenge is stubble-burning? The crisis decoded -Shilpanjali Deshpande Sarma

that the root causes of the problem are identified and pathways to mitigate this phenomenon are located. In Punjab, paddy cultivation—introduced during the Green Revolution (GR) for addressing Food Security needs—grew exponentially, underpinned by massive institutional support by the state including assured price and marketing support. The population of the Indo-Gangetic plain is not one that consumes copious quantities of rice; thus,

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Sense and Solidarity: Jholawala Economics for Everyone review:Field work -Puja Mehra

development policy. The book is a compilation of op-eds, published mainly in The Hindu, under 10 broad themes such as Drought and Hunger, Poverty, School Meals, Health Care, Employment Guarantee, and Food Security and the Public Distribution System. He has updated the pieces with introductions, background notes, statistical and bibliographic sources. Action research is not a collection of principles, theories and methods as academic research tends

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Hunger and the nation: Examining food politics and policy in India -Swati Saxena Learning from the recent starvation deaths in Jharkhand, the nation’s leaders must pay heed to the necessity of ensuring Food Security for all Food and hunger have been important issues this past month and the news has not been welcome. First it was India’s dismal rank in the Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2017 released by the International Policy Research Institute rankings — 100th among 119 countries. GHI looks at u

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Jean Dreze, development economist, interviewed by Santwana Bhattacharya (The New Indian Express)

dia’s cultural memory, dating back to colonial times ending with the Bengal famine that killed millions in the 1940s. Recent reports of hunger deaths in Jharkhand have brought the focus back on Food Security, particularly among populations that are crucially dependent on the Public Distribution System (PDS). That after so many years of independence, India still struggles to reach food to hungry mouths and shows up big on the world map of maln

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Feeding India -Uma Lele

; Four, spin the Swachh Bharat scheme to boast that, as the first politician to aim for an open-defecation-free India, the PM targets not just cleanliness but malnutrition. And finally, implement the Food Security Act’s promised cash benefit to pregnant and lactating women. Please click here to read more.

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'Decision on fishing subsidies certain in WTO's Dec. meet' -Arun S

rmful fishing subsidies (globally) that contribute to overfishing are estimated to be as high as $35 billion.” On whether a ‘permanent solution to the issue of public stock-holding for Food Security purposes’ would be a part of the outcomes as it is an issue of huge importance to developing countries including India, Mr. Kituyi, who was earlier Kenya’s Minister of Trade and Industry, said, “maybe... That could also hap

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Hunger, Starvation and Aadhaar -Himanshu

tion to this been drawn for the first time. This was aptly described as a national shame by the previous prime minister. Since then, there has been a vibrant debate leading to passing of the National Food Security Act (NFSA). The Act which was to be implemented by July 2014 all over the country is still in the process of getting implemented in many states. In most states, either the identification of beneficiaries is not complete or even where it is c

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India must detoxify its poisoned farmlands

indicate failure of the department itself, the genesis of the crisis dates back to the time of the Green Revolution in the 1960s when the need was felt to sharply increase crop productivity to ensure Food Security. This problem --- increase in the use of pesticides --- is not an India-specific problem: Since 1950, population has doubled, yet the area of arable land used to feed these people has increased by only 10%. There are huge pressures to provid

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Shyam Khadka, India's representative at the FAO of the United Nations, interviewed by Sayantan Bera (

on (FAO) of the United Nations, says more Indians are moving out of agriculture due to distress and not because the manufacturing sector is inviting them. In an interview, Khadka calls for converting Food Security into nutritional security. Edited excerpts: * Despite consecutive years of normal monsoon, farmers are protesting. How do you see the distress situation in Indian agriculture? On the price front, there are certain crops where Indian fa

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Non-linking of aadhaar with ration card is denying people their right to food

diseases and malnutrition, among other things. According to scholars, the apathy of the British government was largely responsible for such a massive tragedy. Despite the enacting of the National Food Security Act (NFSA) in 2013, the situation of the downtrodden and the poor has not changed much in the country as compared to pre-Independence time. On 28 September, 2017 an 11-year old child named Santoshi died due to starvation in Karimati village

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