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Think beyond loan waivers -Ramesh Chand & SK Srivastava

micals, diesel and hired labour. Most often, savings generated from unremunerative crop enterprise are inadequate for such investments. Rising expenses on health, education, social ceremonies and non-food items put additional financial demand on farm families. Consequently, majority of the farmers have to take loans from institutional or non-institutional sources or both. The share of institutional loans disbursed during a year to agriculture and alli

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A new movement is born -Yogendra Yadav

harat within India, if not the other way round. There is also a growing realisation that the ecological crisis affects farmers as well as non-farmers and unhealthy farmer cannot but produce unhealthy food for the country. Please click here to read more.

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Farm crisis: Landless may be better off, but landed are worse off; here is what you should know of rural distress puzzle -Pranjul Bhandari

reduction in debt and deficit ratios (see: A study of India’s state finances: Balloons and rockets, March 30, 2017). Some of this distress is likely to have been triggered by the large fall in food prices and the consequent shifting of the terms-of-trade against rural India. The fall was led by the coming together of the following factors. Bumper crop: Normal rains in 2016 after two years of drought supported a bumper crop. Alongside the ove

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Potential of farm exports not fully tapped, says study

according to a new study by Icrier and World Bank. However, the export/import opportunities were not always used as restrictive trade policies played spoilsport; for instance in the 2007-08 global food crisis, though rising global prices made many Indian products export-competitive, rice and wheat exporters among others were prevented from fully exploiting the trade opportunity. The study recommended phasing out of “in-built consumer bias

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India's children need a better deal -V Ramani

not be easily assessed in the absence of height statistics. There is also policy confusion on what needs to be done to improve child nutrition indicators. This stems from what we may term a “food-centric” approach to an issue like child malnutrition that has wider economic and social ramifications. The ICDS machinery considers their job done if supplementary nutrition, in the form of take-home rations for mothers and under-3 children an

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When too much is too little -Sanjay Kumar

-The Hindu The issue of food wastage must be fully understood, so that an effective strategy can be drawn up When Prime Minister Narendra Modi brought up the issue of food wastage on his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme about two months ago, he endorsed a valid point when he asked people not to waste food. Though he raised an extremely critical issue

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Why is vegetarianism in India linked to purity? -Nandini Rathi

greater than any other country. Indian vegetarianism, however, manifests with markedly different values — and one of its signature features is to cultivate a social distance from non-vegetarian food and non-vegetarian people. The question is why do vegetarians in India prefer distance from non-vegetarians — if not in general proximity then at least in their kitchens and dining areas. It bears some introspection especially when meat has

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GST is no game changer for farmers, yet- Sathya Raghu & V Mokkapati

about essential technology tools for climate-smart farming such as drip irrigation, greenhouses and shade nets. They should ideally be designated under the ‘Zero GST’ category along with food, milk, etc, as this will be essential for us to ensure farmer prosperity and achieve food security. Tax reforms go a long way in giving a leg up to a sector and in getting some of the good brains to thi

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Disquieting story of child health in India -MA Oommen

decline in stunting at the rate of 2 per cent per annum during 2006-16. But the problem of wasting is pervasive and acute. Wasting is indicative of poor nutrition and may be the result of inadequate food intake. It is clear that nine out of the 14 States suffers from child wasting and that for the country as a whole it increased over 6 per cent during 2006-16. The extent of wasting ranges from 4 per cent in Odisha to over 69.6 per cent in Punjab.

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