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Jean Dreze -- development economist -- interviewed by Jipson John and Jitheesh PM (Frontline.in)

iting professor at Ranchi University as well as honorary professor at the Delhi School of Economics. His research interests include rural development, social inequality, child nutrition, health care, Food Security, and elementary education, with special reference to India.Jean Dreze played a pioneering role in public debates on the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), which guarantees employment on local public works as a right up to 100 d

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Diabetic due to poverty -Maitri Porecha

A, says that it is hard to establish the correlation between subsidised rice and diabetes, as there is little data to suggest that the monthly consumption of 10 kg per capita has increased. Under the Food Security Act, the entitlement is 5 kg. “However, there can be no denying the need to supplement rice with coarse grains,” she says. The issue is not the incidence of diabetes per se, but the difficulties posed in terms of diagnosis and tr

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More nutrition in wheat, rice: Is Modi govt up to bio-fortification to move from food to nutritional security? -Ashok Gulati & Ritika Juneja

86, somewhat akin to a Nobel Prize in agriculture. Peeping into the past is important to realise the role of science and technology that paved the way for the ‘Green Revolution’, ensuring Food Security. Similar innovations in bio-technologies today hold promise to give nutritional security. Rewind history and recollect that the Bengal Famine (1943) is said to have claimed 1.5 million to 3 million lives due to sheer starvation. India got

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No, we can't compare Global Hunger Index rankings between two reports

aadhaar-based authentication came into force, allege right to food activists, News alert by Inclusive Media for Change dated 1st October, 2018, please click here to access  Despite having a Food Security legislation, spending on food subsidy is low, News alert by Inclusive Media for Change dated 31st January, 2018, please click here to access  India's hunger ranking affected by wasting among children, depicts new report, News alert

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Farm policy will be in sync with global rules: India to WTO -Kirtika Suneja

box support declined to $18.3 billion in 2015-16 from $20.8 billion in 2014-15, as per the country’s latest submission to the WTO in May. Of this, the amount spent on public stockholding for Food Security purposes (allocation for distribution and buffer stock) was $15.6 billion in 2015-16, down from $17.1 billion in the previous year. Please click here to read more.

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How state can support farmers in a smarter way -Ashok Gulati and Prerna Terway

ucing poverty and propelling agri-growth at a much faster pace than has been the case so far. This is a clear cut message of the book. Most countries around the world support agriculture to ensure Food Security and/or enhance farmers’ income. India is no exception. The main policy instruments to support farmers in India include subsidised fertiliser, power, agri-credit and crop insurance on the input side, and minimum support prices for major

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Hunger deaths have skyrocketed after aadhaar-based authentication came into force, allege Right to Food activists

tarily for ensuring food and nutrition security – which shows that 56 persons died between May, 2015 and March, 2018 on account of hunger and starvation despite India having passed the National Food Security Act (NFSA) in 2013. The RTF campaign has compiled the list of hunger deaths on the basis of various media reports. Please click here to access the list of starvation deaths as reported in newspapers and/or verified through independent fa

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Right to Food activists demand immediate action by the govt. to contain hunger deaths in Jharkhand

tes in the Public Distribution System. * The maternity benefit entitlement should be increased from Rs. 5000 (under the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana) to Rs. 6000 as mandated in the National Food Security Act. It should also not be restricted only to the first child. * All pregnant and lactating women should be given 5 eggs per week. * All children should be given 5 eggs per week in Anganwadis and Mid Day meals. * Anganwadis should b

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Culture has helped millets survive -Deepanwita Gita Niyogi

illets from India's food plates. “The primary driver is the market, which optimises food profit, through an increasing specialisation in a few market-friendly crops. This is opposed to Food Security, which relies on a greater diversity of resources that don’t all fail at the same time. Currently, market-friendly cereals are wheat, rice and maize, which fuel over 50 per cent of the global food chain,” Jones says. Ple

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AP's Anna Canteens feed 2.15 lakh people every day

-Deccan Chronicle Hyderabad: Anna Canteens in Andhra Pradesh, formed on the lines of Amma canteens in Tamil Nadu, is providing Food Security to its people. The canteens were named after former chief minister N T Rama Rao (NTR), who introduced Rs 2 a kilo rice scheme in 1983. NTR was affectionately called “Anna” (elder brother). The Akshaya Patra Foundation runs these canteens. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu introduced Anna

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