A silent revolution brewing on our farms
An increasing number of farmers from across the country are flocking to the annual rice sharing festival in Tamil Nadu, where a whopping number of traditional rice seed varieties are exchanged and subsequently cultivated in different locales. Devinder Sharma reports from the 2014 event.
Looking beyond the spread on our tables
Overcoming our ignorance of the richness of traditional food options, and imbibing the culinary cultures of those who live in harmony with nature could signify a giant step towards food and nutritional security, says Devinder Sharma after his visit to a tribal food fest.
Mr. Leader, I have a question...
As the rhetoric among political parties over their commitment and promises to the people rises, Shankar Jaganathan articulates that one question that will test what they truly stand for.
GENE CAMPAIGN CHARTER
What could make our farmers more prosperous?
Despite India's reliance on the agrarian sector, a serious farming and food crisis persists due to lack of government action and policy
indifference. On its 20th anniversary, Gene Campaign releases a Charter of Demands to form the basis of an advocacy programme for bountiful
farming, prosperous farmers and healthy food.
TRADE OR HUNGER
US-EU spanner in the works of India's food security programme
India's food security bill is on top of the negotiating agenda for the forthcoming WTO Conference at Bali.
explains why the likely compromise in the face of posturing from developed countries could have serious ramifications for food security and
Look beyond the food
Most studies on mid-day meal schemes tend to focus on the obvious nutritional benefits or lack thereof.
Carly E Nichols
argues that the impact of these programmes extend far beyond, justifying the need to fund and monitor them more stringently.
FOOD SECURITY ORDINANCE
Why I root for right to food, for all
While the government's food security scheme has come under attack by many for its economic non-viability,
argues that it may actually be both desirable and feasible if its reach is expanded.
IN THE SPIRIT OF THE CONSTITUTION
President Mukherjee must reject the Food Security ordinance
It is an opportunity for the President to assert the authority and independence of his office by rejecting a clearly political move that is a
slap in the face of constitutional morality, writes
Beware of disaster profiteering
In view of the usual thrust on packaged food distributed in the name of relief and rehabilitation in the aftermath of any disaster or human crisis,
L S Aravinda
warns against the tendency to sell out local food traditions to the industry.
ICDS AUDIT REPORT
No respite from hunger
Findings from the CAG's audit of India's flagship nutrition programme show that hunger and malnourishment among children prevail even in the most prosperous of India's states.
reports on the disturbing findings of the ICDS audit.
Social justice: What two key Bills propose
As the Budget Session of Parliament nears its end, the House is expected to decide on at least two key pieces of legislation that propose major reforms in the areas of food security and the rights of the displaced;
provides a quick round-up of the provisions and issues related to the two Bills.
FOOD SECURITY BILL
Neglecting children a blunder: Sen
The National Food Security Bill is an important step towards ensuring the country's founding principles of health, education and nutrition services for all, but can achieve that end only when it addresses children's entitlements more effectively, argues economist
in a speech given in New Delhi on 15 February 2013.