Livelihoods News

Role of technologies, policies and infrastructure would be crucial in realising the potential of rainfed agriculture. “Technologies and public policies, the two major drivers of agricultural growth, should have appropriate synergies to move forward,” said M O H Farook, governor, Jharkhand, while inaugurating the 20th meeting of ICAR Regional Committee No IV at Birsa Agricultural University, Ranchi.(F&B news)


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The Centre is all set to increase the wages paid to workers engaged under the much talked about Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme following criticism of its failure to honour the promise it had made to pay a “real wage” of Rs.100 a day. To facilitate the process ministry had set up a committee under Planning Commission member Pronab Sen. Social activists like Jean Dreze and Aruna Roy, both of whom are members of the National Advisory Council, had charged that the law was being stifled and the workers being driven away from the scheme.

High economic growth coupled with rapid urbanization and a rising middle class have created considerable demand for housing and housing finance in South Asia, according to a World Bank report, entitled “Expanding Housing Finance to the Underserved South Asia”. South Asia’s housing and housing finance markets have grown at an impressive 30 percent rate in the past decade, but are limited to upper-income groups. Around 30 million middle- and lower- class households in South Asia —which accounts for 11 percent of the region’s population— have the willingness to pay, but unable to have access to mortgages. In India alone, estimates of the housing shortage range from 20 million to 70 million yet as much as half of this excess demand can be profitably serviced by the housing and housing finance markets.The report covers 5 countries in the South Asia Region: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

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Representatives of rubber industry have begun discussions on relevant issues related to the sector at the annual conference of Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC), an inter-governmental organisation consisting of 11 member countries. The issues like labour and livelihoods of small growers were also addressed.

According to the Indian Medical Association, anaemia is one of the leading causes of school dropouts and results in lower mental and motor development, fatigue and low productivity in adulthood. There are various estimates of the impact on GDP; according to The Micronutrient Initiative, India loses 1.27 per cent of its GDP annually due to anaemia.

The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Food for Peace (FFP), is responding to the needs of Zimbabweans who require food aid during the 2010-2011 lean season. USAID is partnering with Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the lead agency in a consortium which includes ACDI/VOCA and CARE, to implement the Promoting Recovery in Zimbabwe (PRIZE) program. The United States government is the largest single donor of humanitarian assistance in Zimbabwe. Since 2002, the United States has contributed more than $1 billion to humanitarian operations in Zimbabwe.