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The seeds of discontent -Bina Agarwal

ing irrigation, credit, inputs and markets. This has implications for productivity, since at least 35 per cent of our agricultural work force is female and likely to grow. And it has implications for Food Security since 75 per cent of rural women workers, versus 59 per cent of rural male workers, depend mainly on agriculture for a living (NSSO 2011-12). Indeed, unless we alleviate women’s constraints, future farmer agitations may be led by women

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Modi Government's Skewed Farm Sector Priorities Continue to Cause Farmer Distress -Ashwini Kulkarni

the MSP is just for a couple of states and for two crops. There is a strong case for MSP for coarse cereals and millets. The procured grains need to be utilised as subsidised food under the National Food Security Act, as part of the public distribution system, in integrated child development centres, for mid-day meals in schools and for children in tribal residential schools. Please click here to read more.

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Rain clouds thinning out in west and central India

ans less rain and more heat. The IMD study has worrying implications for India because over half of farming is still dependent on rains. More or less rain can affect crop yields playing havoc with Food Security and the economy. More hot days also affects large numbers of people. Low clouds are usually those found up to 6,500 feet. They are very difficult to study and predict but have a great impact on trapping heat as also rain bearing. Changing cl

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Why a price increase alone won't help farmers -Elumalai Kannan

est in rural India — such as the decision of Andhra Pradesh farmers not to sow in the 2011 kharif season and mark a ‘crop holiday’ protest — will have serious consequences for Food Security. Agricultural distress has become a permanent feature due to the failure of not only elected governments to find a lasting solution but also local institutions such as community or social networks which are supposedly weakening because of

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Accessing the Right to Food in Delhi -Nandini Nayak & Shikha Nehra is a graduate student at Ambedkar University Delhi and a research assistant on the same project. The renewed Public Distribution System (PDS) under the “rights-based” National Food Security Act, 2013 has increased access to foodgrains in Delhi. However, the Aadhaar-enabled PDS has created new barriers and glitches undermining the promise of efficient, error-free, and transparent service-delivery. Please click here to read th

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Madhya Pradesh farmer protest: Loan waivers are worst form of populism, they won't solve real issues -Mihir Shah

trous and it is snowballing now into a big issue. The problem that is beset the country now dates back to the Green Revolution. The Green Revolution was introduced in India as an attempt to ensure Food Security and was a solution for the country in the 60s. But the problem with it is that it has completely gone off the rails. There is a crisis of sustainability in every sense of the term and we need a paradigm shift in agriculture. The first cri

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Excluded by Aadhaar -Nikhil Dey & Aruna Roy

being excluded are staggering. Rajasthan is an enthusiastic and pioneering state for Aadhaar-based “reform”. Seven months of mandatory UID-based foodgrain distribution under the National Food Security Act, and the implementation of JAM — Jan Dhan bank accounts, Aadhaar authentication, and Mobile-based delivery of social security entitlements — have caused chaos and disaster. Since September last year, when UID authentication w

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Minimum wages fixed for ration dealers

ing between Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and ration dealers on Wednesday. Meeting The Chief Minister’s meeting was called to finalise the wages that will accrue to the dealers once the Food Security Act becomes fully operational. Wednesday’s package was fixed by dividing the ration dealers who handle 350 to 2,100 cards into various slabs. The minimum wages were decided for the first three slabs. A dealer handling 2,100 cards wi

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Cropping Monsanto's patent rights -Vivian Fernandes

sions on behalf of the government, a week after hearings on the matter had ended. The ASG believes that GM traits, if protected under the Indian Patents Act (IPA), can threaten the country’s Food Security. He asserts that Monsanto and its licensees having “got used to making huge profit at the cost of farmers… appear to be building up a case law under the IPA so as to excessively profit even in the future through monopoly”

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