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Farmers wilt under fodder, water crisis in Karnataka -Vishwanath Kulkarni & Anil Urs

dder this year, and it has become tough to manage my three cows,” says Nagamma, a dairy farmer at Maradevanahalli village in Maddur taluk. The cows and her one-acre farm are her only sources of Livelihood. “The milk yields have reduced: these days I get only about 5-6 litres, against 10-12 litres earlier,” she adds. The Maradevanahalli village panchayat provides about 200 litres of water per family, twice a week. But it is difficu

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Farm loan waiver is no solution for Indian agriculture

more states join the bandwagon. Even though agriculture contributes about 15% to India’s gross domestic product, a majority of the population directly or indirectly depends on the sector for Livelihood. But are farm loan waivers the right way of addressing the problems in Indian agriculture? It might make political sense in the short run—farmers are a sizeable and powerful vote base—but, as experience shows, it is unlikely to h

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Why I would not advocate vegetarianism -Sunita Narain

and the manner in which it is produced. This is where India differs. Recently at the release of our book First Food: Culture of Taste, which discusses the link between biodiversity, nutrition and Livelihoods, I was asked a question. “Why do you not, as an environmentalist espousing the cause of traditional and local diets that are sustainable, condemn meat eating? After all, meat production is bad for climate—agriculture contributes ro

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Why India Needs MNREGA: Evidence From Gujarat -Udayan Rathore

hora paintings. The climate in Chhota Udaipur is semi-arid and the region is drought prone with mostly single-cropped areas. Given the arduous terrain and poor connectivity, migration in search of Livelihoods has been a constant part of life in the region. As per local accounts from Chhodvani village in Kawant block, prior to the implementation of MNREGA, around 85-90% of the working age population used to migrate to the Kathiawar region in Saurash

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Why Are Global Trade Rules Not on the Agenda During Indian Elections? -Shalini Bhutani

ealth, education, technology or investment. The net effect of legally binding rules of trade is that governments have lesser domestic space on subjects of vital importance to people’s lives and Livelihoods. Messaging from political parties at the time of elections when the voter is listening is an opportunity to educate the electorate far beyond the immediate elections. By doing so, a candidate or her political party can mobilise a constituen

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GDP conundrum -V Sridhar

is sector, it would appear that the latest estimates are not good enough to answer the question that has assumed great significance: was demonetisation a killer blow to informal forms of activity and Livelihoods? The CSO’s estimates of output in the informal sector are captured by “proxy”, rather than relying on direct and verifiable methods of estimation. As Pronab Sen, a former Chief Statistician of India, pointed out, the assum

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In Himachal Pradesh, a village is using the law to take back forest land from the Forest Department -Shazia Nigar

er states, has delayed implementing the provisions of the Act. Gunehar is located in a forested region known as the Chota Bhangal. Ninety percent of the people here rear cattle and sheep for their Livelihoods. The forests around Gunehar are used as a resting and shearing ground by locals, and for passage by nomadic pastoralists. In December, residents noticed that a patch of the local forest was being cleared for construction work. Upon enquiry,

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India must be careful:?Jobless growth can lead to social unrest

former member of the Planning Commission, India produces the least number of jobs per unit of growth. “The growth of the country should not be measured by GDP alone, but by the quality of jobs, Livelihood and jobs that are created,” Mr Maira said. In fact, this is not the case only in India. According to the International Labour Organisation, the global unemployment rate is expected to rise modestly from 5.7 to 5.8% in 2017 representing

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Reducing food waste vital for India's food security -Shyam Khadka

saving one-fourth of the food currently lost or wasted globally would be enough to feed 870 million hungry people in the world Agriculture, along with its allied sectors, is the largest source of Livelihood in India. About 82 per cent of the country’s farmers are small and marginal, having holdings less than one hectare. Over the years, irrigation potential has increased largely due to increased access to precious groundwater. However, 60 pe

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Madhya Pradesh's first cashless village also waterless -Neeraj Santoshi and Ranjan

;, said Cheetu Singh Tilak, a farmer from the village. Badjhiri is a small roadside village on Bhopal-Sehore road with about 300 to 400 households mostly from other backward class, who earn their Livelihood through farming and working in small ventures. The village became the first cashless village in MP on December 20 declared by the state finance minister Jayant Malaiya. Gyan Singh Tilak, another farmer said most bore wells in the villag

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