NUTRITION GARDENS
Local fields of health and livelihood

Odisha's Livelihood Mission promotes local gardens to help adivasis find food security. These also improve nutrition levels, and provide additional income from surplus produce.

#Adivasis #Child Health #Livelihoods #Women's Health #Health #ODISHA
COVID LOCKDOWN
Pandemic diary : The best and the worst

For some, the plight of countless desperately poor people trapped by the lockdown was a call to action. But for others, it was a time for unscrupulous opportunism and cruel discrimination.

#Public Health #Urban Poor #Society
COVID LOCKDOWN
Pandemic diary : An uncertain kindness

Hundreds of millions were caught off-guard by the lockdown. As the government struggled to respond, it was up to citizens to recognise the humanity of each other and do what they could. 

#Livelihoods #Public Health #Urban Poor #Society
URBAN FOOD POLICY
RICH food for better cities
URBAN FOOD POLICY : RICH food for better cities

A new book by the World Bank urges all cities to implement explicit food policies to foster reliable, inclusive, competitive and healthy food systems aligned with their aspirations and challenges.

#Cities #Public Health #Government
MALNUTRITION IN INDIA
The national nutrition strategy explained

Nivedita Rao of PRS Legislative presents the current status of malnutrition and measures proposed by the recently released National Nutrition Strategy by NITI Aayog.

#Health Laws and Governance #Children
DIRECT BENEFIT TRANSFER
Ration to cash, a harsh transition
DIRECT BENEFIT TRANSFER : Ration to cash, a harsh transition

In September 2015, the central government announced a pilot programme of providing direct cash transfers in place of food grains in an attempt to reform the Public Distribution System. Centre for Equity Studies (CES) recently conducted a survey of this pilot programme in Chandigarh. Shikha Nehra of CES reports the key findings from the survey.

#Government #Poverty
NUTRITION FOR CHILDREN
Upholding the rights of a child
NUTRITION FOR CHILDREN : Upholding the rights of a child

On Constitution Day, E S Ramamurthy describes how our government is failing in its primary duties of raising the level of nutrition and the improvement of public health as prescribed in our Constitution and thereby creating a nation of malnourished children.

#Children
MALNUTRITION AMONG CHILDREN
Malnutrition - A national disgrace
MALNUTRITION AMONG CHILDREN : Malnutrition - A national disgrace

When malnutrition among children is widespread, the government is slashing funds allocated to the mid day meal scheme that covers most of the vulnerable children. Questioning this approach of the government, E S Ramamurthy started a petition to raise the funding for mid-day meal scheme to cover minimum nutritional needs of a child.

#Child Health #Children
MAGIC OF WADI
Wadi: A model for sustainable tribal livelihood

Amongst the various models for sustainable livelihoods being tried and tested in the tribal areas of India, the Wadi model in Odisha's Koraput district has shown a lot of promise.

#Adivasis #Agriculture #ODISHA
CLIMATE CHANGE POLITICS
Looking beyond ‘Chindia’s’ common cause on climate

The joint statement on climate change at the end of PM Modi’s recent tour of China has expectedly created considerable hype. Darryl D’Monte takes a balanced view of its import and the real challenges for India in the face of global climate politics.

#Climate #Government
GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT AGENDA
The real challenges to sustainable development

With the expiry of the MDGs, the international community is now negotiating Sustainable Development Goals for 2016-2030. Prahlad Shekhawat summarises the ensuing debates.

#Climate #Agriculture #Economy #Environment #Government
POVERTY
Rethinking food security and hunger

A recent IFPRI report indicates concrete progress by India in the hunger index, while many experts continue to underline unsatisfactory outcomes under GDP-driven growth. Prahlad Shekhawat calls for a new approach to address the real issues that lie somewhere in between.

#Economy #Government #OP-ED #Poverty
LAND, FOOD AND BIODIVERSITY
Why the land acquisition law is a threat to several others

The government’s push to the amended land acquisition law overlooks provisions in other acts that address closely related issues such as food security and conservation of biodiversity, writes Shalini Bhutani.

#Biodiversity #Land #Government #Laws
SHANTA KUMAR COMMITTEE REPORT
Is this committee overestimating leakages in ration to curb the food security act?

The report of a high level committee under BJP MP Shanta Kumar proposes radical restructuring of the PDS and reduced coverage of the food security act. But is the estimate of leakages in the report flawed in itself? Shambhu Ghatak presents alternative findings.

#Public Funds #Government
CHILD MALNUTRITION
A sudden cloud over Maharashtra’s nutritional progress

Data from the recently released DLHF Survey shows disheartening figures for nutritional indicators, when compared to the last national level survey. Shambhu Ghatak delves deeper into the state’s nutrition records and also tracks where others stand.

#Child Health #Economy

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