Livelihoods News

A looming drought in Afghanistan’s central highlands and northern regions is likely to increase the number of people in need of food assistance as the World Food Program plans to scale back its operations in the country due to funding shortfalls.

Some 2 to 3 million more people could become “food insecure” because of poor wheat harvests and lack of rainfall in Afghanistan, on top of the 3.8 million already needing emergency food aid, the agency said, according to the The Associated Press.

This year, the world’s population will hit 7 billion, according to the United Nations. Reaching this unprecedented level of population density has prompted the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) to launch a “7 Billion Actions” campaign to promote individuals and organizations that are using successful new techniques for tackling global development challenges. By sharing these innovations in an open forum, the campaign aims to foster communication and collaboration as our world becomes more populated and increasingly interdependent.

This converges the fundamental themes of spreading growth to disadvantaged sections of society, building skills for meeting emerging economic compulsions, and fostering a climate of good governance. In line with this, CII is placing increased focus on Affirmative Action, Skills Development and Governance during the year.


According to U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF), malnutrition is more common in India than in Sub-Saharan Africa and one in every three malnourished children in the world is Indian.

In Andhra Pradesh, the current dry spell has affected sowing. In June sowing took place in 1.22 million hectares in Andhra Pradesh, 29 per cent lower as compared to the normal sowing of 1.73 million hectares that takes place in the state in June.

The World Bank has sanctioned US$1 billion credit for the India’s National Rural Livelihoods Mission, one of the world’s largest poverty reduction initiative of approximately US$7.7 billion, aiming to reach 350 million people or almost a quarter of India’s population under National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM).

Observing that hawkers have a fundamental right to carry on their business, the Supreme Court has asked the Delhi government to enact a law to regulate their trade keeping in mind also the right of commuters to use roads without impediments.


Orissa became the first state to launch the NRLM, aimed at reducing rural poverty by providing self-employment and skilled jobs to people below the poverty line.

The Asian Development Bank has approved a $400 million loan designed to promote rural development in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The loan will be used to support the state’s efforts to provide better education and 24-hour electricity services to people living in its poorest regions. The money will be disbursed in several tranches, with the first one worth $200 million, according to the Business Standard.

The Government of India, after taking into account the existing vocational training facilities and realistic demand for skilled workers in the country, has introduced a new Skills Policy.

The aim of the Policy is to achieve rapid and inclusive growth through enhancing individuals’ employment prospects and ability to adapt to changing technologies and labour market demands, improving productivity and living standards of workers and strengthening global competitiveness of the country.

It is expected that the ageing population phenomenon will globally create a skilled manpower shortage of approximately 56.5 million by 2020 and if skill development schemes of India succeed we would have a skilled manpower surplus of about 47 million by this time.



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