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Why climate change studies on rice production are important in Wayanad -Aleena Thomas

-Down to Earth Area under rice cultivation has been declining rapidly in north Kerala district between 2004-05 and 2018-19 Wayanad in Kerala is known for its traditional rice varieties apart from the district’s unique climate and culture. Even a few decades ago, the farming community cultivated almost 75 traditional rice varieties of rice. Over the years, however, it has narrowed down to 20. Adukkan, Veliyan, Chenellu, Chomala, Chenthadi, Thondi, Gandhakasala, Jeerakasala, Mullankaima and...

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Hunger, nutrition are worse than before lockdown. PDS must be universalised -Dipa Sinha and Rajendran Narayanan

-The Indian Express All indications show that an economic revival will take some time — support is required during this period to at least prevent starvation. The effects of the lockdown and the resultant economic crisis continue to disproportionately impact the poor and informal sector workers. Since the lockdown, the Government of India (GoI) has announced relief packages under the Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY) and Atmanirbhar Bharat. However, numerous studies...

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Prabhat Patnaik, eminent economist and professor emeritus at Jawaharlal Nehru University, interviewed by Subhoranjan Dasgupta (The Telegraph)

-The Telegraph ‘Farmers at mercy of corporates, Food Security threatened’ Eminent economist, professor emeritus at Jawaharlal Nehru University and activist Prabhat Patnaik traces the downward and dangerous slide of the Indian economy, from the demonetisation to the new farm bills. * The first onslaught was in the form of the demonetisation. While Amartya Sen termed this step “despotic”, Narendra Modi gushed that there would be no black money after the demonetisation. In the...

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It’s Time for a 10-Year-Plan that Says How Much Rice and Wheat Will Be Procured From Each State -Siraj Hussain and Jugal Mohapatra Though there is no road map to reduce the production of wheat and rice, it is now possible to reduce India's dependence on Punjab and Haryana for Food Security by procuring from non-traditional states. Since the enactment of three agriculture legislations by the Centre in September, sections of the media have rightly or wrongly projected Punjab, and to a much lesser extent Haryana, as a villain. This has led many to believe...

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COVID-19: New UN alliance to stave off ‘catastrophic food crisis’ -Susan Chacko

-Down to Earth Proposed by Italy and led by Food and Agriculture Organization, the alliance aims to increase resilience of agricultural food systems, ensure global food access The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has pulled food systems apart, threatening Food Security and nutrition. At least 690 million people went hungry in 2019, according to the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report, 2020. Now, the pandemic could tip over...

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