Livelihoods News

The number of poor people in the developing world has reached 44 million since June due to surging food prices, according to the World Bank.

The project will benefit millions of Kenyans, who will be directed to anonymously contact government officials via text messaging when they find any kind of service that is lacking or missing from their communities.

Fishermen pitch huts on the sandbar in the middle of the Godavari at Rajahmundry to store fish catch. They are taking risk for their livelihoods and income, which can be mitigated by proper risk management strategies developed in advance. Risk may be  from cyclone, high waves and all kind of bad weathers. Risk management may help to protect their lives and livelihoods during unforeseen conditions.

A in-depth understanding is require for the community before they setup pitch huts to store fish catch, which needs to be safe before they bring them to the shore to sell. Also their entire effort may be effected with any unforeseen condition which could happen anytime and they may face loss of income.

A proper risk managment startegies to store fish catch will always be helpful to the fishermen.


The Right to Information Act, originally intended to halt corruption and encourage transparency, has become a tool for poor communities to access and realise their right to development.Parbati, a soap seller from Kalur in Tamil Nadu, had not received her pension for five years until her grandson heard about the law and they jointly requested information on the delay from their local officials. A week later, Parbati’s new pension book was in her hand.

Farmers in a few villages in Chennimalai block of Erode are facing serious threat to their livelihood due to the indiscriminate discharge of untreated effluents from the textile processing units into the agricultural lands.

The humanitarian situation in Somalia remains grave after 20 years of political conflict. The U.N. and international aid agency Oxfam have also warned that drought could compound the current crisis.The United Nations is set to launch a plan outlining its humanitarian and development goals in Somalia over the next five years.The assistance plan seeks to increase the availability of basic social services, create livelihood opportunities and improve the capacity of the Somali government to provide justice and security, the Business Daily reports. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged donors to increase their financial support for humanitarian and development initiatives in Somalia so as not to exacerbate the existing crisis in the country.

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Food security and livelihoods have been severely hit in Sri Lanka, specialists say, after heavy rains caused widespread flooding and drove hundreds of thousands from their homes, left 43 people dead, and damaged or destroyed close to 30,000 homes. According to the UN, agricultural production is the main source of livelihood in the affected area and this season’s rice harvest has been badly damaged, leading to increased food insecurity.The World Food Programme (WFP) estimates about 500,000 residents are food-insecure. In the worst affected districts of Ampara, Batticaloa, and Trincomalee in Eastern Province, heavy rains between 8 and 12 January left more than 101,171 hectares of paddy fields damaged, of which more than 81,000ha suffered moderate to severe damage.The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates a loss of about 450,000 tons or US$120 million.

It is expected that at least 4,800 small-scale agribusiness enterprises and 20,000 micro-enterprises will benefit from the increased access to finance, creating over 60,000 jobs.