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A Two-Day Consultation by M/o Women & Child Development on National Nutrition Mission begins in New Delhi

-Press Information Bureau The Ministry of Women and Child Development has fast tracked the formulation of the National Mission to tackle mal-nutrition. This Mission is now the flagship programme of the Ministry and is very high on the national agenda of the government. In order to formulate the detailed contours of the Mission and to examine innovative interventions which can be put into place to tackle the problem of malnutrition, a...

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Taking healthcare to India’s remote tribes -Soumya Swaminathan

-The Hindu The right to good healthcare must be addressed using modern technology, innovative approaches and by involving tribals in developing solutions for their problems In his address to the nation on Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about inclusive development, with food security, safe housing and sanitation being the rights of every citizen. Health is intimately linked to these essentials of living. The health status of India's tribal communities is...

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Include millets in PDS for food and nutritional security, demand scientists -Kumar Sambhav S

-Down to Earth Area under cultivation of millets is declining in spite of national Food Security Mission While the Union government plans to restructure the Food Corporation of India (FCI), agriculture scientists and nutrition experts are recommending that effective millet management should be included in the Public Distribution System (PDS) of the country. The step is important to achieve the food and Nutrition Security for the small and marginal tribal farming communities,...

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Strengthening family farming in India -MS Swaminathan

-Financial Chronicle The United Nations declared 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) to recognise the importance of family farming in reducing poverty and improving global food security. According to the UN, the IYFF aims to promote new development policies at national and regional levels that will help small holder and family farmers eradicate hunger through small scale sustainable agricultural production. Family farming involves about 500 million families consisting...

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Gender empowerment through family farms -Kanayo F Nwanze and MS Swaminathan

-The Asian Age In India and around the world, poverty is predominantly rural. Development agencies often note that 75 per cent of the world's extremely poor people - those who earn less than $1.25 a day - live in rural areas. New figures from the 2014 Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI), which measures overlapping dimensions of deprivation, show that rural poverty rates are even higher in some regions. In South Asia, the...

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