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India must shift focus from food to nutrition security: IFPRI chief -TV Jayan

is suffering from the double burden of malnutrition, as well as over nutrition. New Delhi: If India has to contain high levels of hunger and poverty in the country, it should shift its focus from food security to nutrition security, as done by Thailand and Bangladesh, said Shenggen Fan, Director General of the Washington-based International food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). “India has two

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Constituency Of Farmers -Ajay Vir Jakhar

ork. Each migrating family has swelled the rank of consumers. Today, a majority of farmer families have at least one earning member working off the farm. As consumers, they too are hurt by the rising food prices. The implementation of the Mandal Commission Report and the institution of panchayati raj have changed the social fabric, politics and the traditional power structure in villages. Identity politics based on caste-backed job reservations has

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She is the answer -Bina Agarwal

-The Indian Express Gender equality is key to food security. But policymakers don’t seem to recognise that Countries globally, including India, have agreed to fulfil the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), launched by the UNDP in 2016 as “a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity”. Among the 17 goals and 169 targets to be achieved by 2030, SDG 5 on

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Why small, marginal farmers get just 40% of total agri credit -Rajalakshmi Nirmal

veterans revealed that the bulk of these subsidised loans — at 4 per cent interest rate — are taken by owners of warehouses/cold storages, manufacturers of fertiliser/farm-equipment, and food processors. Gradual drop The share of loans of Rs. 2 lakh or less in the total agri credit has gradually decreased from 45 per cent 10 years ago to 40 per cent in FY17. Banks have been wary of lending to small farmers mainly because of the s

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Stunted, wasted: on Global Nutrition Report 2018

an 20% in almost the entire south. This shows the important role played by political commitment, administrative efficiency, literacy and women’s empowerment in ensuring children’s health. food and freedom go together, and the availability of one strongly influences access to the other; social institutions can work to improve nutrition and children’s welfare in free societies, and the absence of hunger enables people to develop their

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Why number of hungry is rising -Harish Damodaran

tween 2003 and 2014, both in absolute terms (from 961.5 million to 783.7 million) and relative to total population (from 15.1% to 10.7%), has reversed during the last three years. According to the food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, the world’s population suffering from hunger — the food they consume isn’t sufficient to provide the minimum dietary energy requ

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Use finger millets, ration card holders told

-The Hans India Undi: AP Civil Supplies Corporation chairman Ch Ramakrishna Reddy has urged the ration card holders to include finger millets and jowar in their regular food and reduce consumption of rice which leads to many diseases. He inaugurated IOC filling station at NRP Agraharam in the mandal on Monday. Addressing the gathering, the Civil Supplies chairman said that the government was supplying finger millets and jowar at Re 1 a

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Indigenous food must be brought back to plates, say ecologists -Meenakshi Sushma

-Down to Earth Local food crops should be preferred over GM crops to address deficiencies, say experts at Bhubaneswar food sovereignty meet. A recent study has found that Gandhari saag, a leafy wild plant found in Odisha, can be a much better source of Vitamin A than golden rice, a genetically modified variety, which was being looked at as a revolutionary solution to check the vitamin deficiency.

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India says it is set to reach emission goal on time -Jayanta Basu

itical 1.5°C. “India has already achieved a 21 per cent reduction in the emissions intensity of its GDP from the 2005 level, against a target of 33 to 35 per cent by 2030 — and the food and agricultural sector has not even been accounted into this,” the minister said. “India is also on track to having 40 per cent installed electric power from non-fossil fuel sources despite its priorities to deliver electricity to all.&r

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As institutions change, so does data credibility

ve to wait a bit longer to also figure out changes made at the granular level. For example, the increased share of primary (which includes production of raw material, such as mining output, and basic foods) and secondary (manufacturing, processing and construction) sectors in the new GDP series, and a corresponding lower share of the tertiary sector, has seemingly contributed to the lower GDP growth data for the back years. It is thus moot whether the

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