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Manisha Verma, principal secretary, tribal development department, Maharashtra interviewed by Sugandha Indulkar (The Times of India)

their rights were not recorded. This legislation recognises, vests and provides for recording of rights of forest dwellers for self-cultivation up to four hectares, enabling security of tenure and Livelihood to vulnerable communities. In addition, it confers on the communities the right to protect, regenerate and manage forest resources and provides for safeguards against arbitrary displacement. Union tribal affairs ministry being the nodal departm

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'Our Livelihood depends on this land': A solar park in Gujarat is hurting a pastoral community -Karthikeyan Hemalatha

vid at these labels. “What do they mean that the land is unused and that it belongs to the government?” asked Raku Ben, a livestock rearer. “We use it for grazing livestock, and our Livelihood depends on this land. It doesn’t belong to anyone, it belongs to everyone.” The solar park project launched in December 2010, has been functional since April 2012. It sits on what used to be the pasture for the region’s liv

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Transforming Livelihoods through farm ponds -Nirmalya Choudhury & Sachin Tiwale

n that has been tried out in various States, and perhaps needs to be taken up on a bigger scale, is the construction of farm ponds. Farm ponds can be cost-effective structures that transform rural Livelihoods. They can help enhance water control, contribute to agriculture intensification and boost farm incomes. However, this is possible only if they act as rainwater harvesting structures and not as intermediate storage points for an increased extra

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The roots of India's deepening rural water crisis -Sneha Alexander & Vishnu Padmanabhan

but increasingly, because of climate change, the monsoon is becoming less reliable. Exacerbating this is a set of policies which encourage water wastage, deepening the water crisis that threatens the Livelihoods and lives of millions in rural India. This year, like recent years, could be another year of deficient rainfall, suggests the latest data from the India Meteorological Department (IMD). Over the last 10 years, average rainfall across the co

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For Mawasi tribe in MP's Satna, limited access to forests results in Livelihood loss and a generation forsaking tribal knowledge -Manish Chandra Mishra

-Firstpost.com Satna: A chapati with a pinch of salt and some mustard oil is all that Madhu, a three-year-old girl from a hard-pressed tribal community in Madhya Pradesh, gets to eat on a regular basis. Milk and vegetables are rare luxuries that are available when her mother, Mamta, has enough savings to buy provisions from the village market. This mother and daughter are not alone in the deprivation. Madhu and Mamta are part of the Mawasi tribe, a community of forest dwellers, with a po

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A missed opportunity for game-changing reforms in agriculture -Sukhpal Singh

r creating a fund for upgrading of traditional industries of bamboo, honey and khadi by proposing to set up Common Facility Centres (CFCs) in 100 new clusters for 50,000 artisans under SFURTI, and 80 Livelihood Business Incubators (LBIs) and 20 Technology Business Incubators for creating 75,000 agro-rural entrepreneurs under ASPIRE. These are welcome moves. But, the small ruminants have been ignored as is much of agriculture. There are no schemes f

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What the 2011 census data on migration tells us? - Abhishek Jha and Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa

se shares are much higher than the share of these states in India’s total population. Interestingly, Uttar Pradesh figures in both lists – while there are people who leave it in search of Livelihoods, there are also clearly people who head for it in search of Livelihoods. 4. Between 2001 and 2011, there was an increase in the growth rate of migrants headed for other destinations within their

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Scale Neutrality in Indian Agriculture -Srijit Mishra & Kaushiki Singh

access to formal sources of credit? Is credit provided by formal sources scale neutral? The observation of the study suggests the following. The returns to the smallholder are woefully low to address Livelihood sustainability. The contention that the smallholders are inefficient is rejected. Further, the smallholders are the ones who have to rely more on non-institutional sources for their credit requirement and at many a times with a greater interest

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Augmenting Agrarian Livelihoods in the Time of Crisis: A Baseline for KALIA -Sarthak Gaurav

mpacts for farm households and briefly presents the evidence on impact evaluation of conditional cash transfers programmes across the globe. Furthermore, this study offers a baseline for agricultural Livelihoods in the state. Design/ methodology/approach – The study discusses frameworks for evaluation of the impact of direct benefit transfers such as KALIA. It uses the Agriculture Census 2015-16 to understand the patterns of operational holdi

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Make no mistake: Agriculture alone has the potential to reboot the economy -Devinder Sharma

-National Herald Agriculture, food and trade policy expert Devinder Sharma writes: “My understanding is that only agriculture can reboot the economy, sustain millions of Livelihoods, and reduce global warming.” At a time when Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz says that neo-liberalism is ‘dead and buried’, and the world as a result is increasingly grappling with the gigantic problems of rising unemployment, gnawing inequali

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