Livelihoods News

A large number of tribal people from 33 villages that will be affected by bauxite mining in the Visakha Agency attended a public meeting held at Korukonda. The villagers demanded that the government drop forthwith its plans for bauxite mining and decided to boycott the elections to the local bodies which were due in the near future.

Ref: The Hindu


In Konaseema, an estuary of alluvial soil lying at the mouth of the Godavari that forced farmers to opt for crop holiday in 13 mandals over an extent of 43,087 hectares. Farmers declaring crop holiday for this kharif and suggest remedial measures. The farm crisis brewing in East Godavari district, the government on Thursday constituted a committee.

This is a positive news for all the developing countries in the world  who are striving to get rid of poverty with their limited resources and support “Bangladesh reduced poverty from 40 percent to 31.5 percent between 2005 and 2010” – announced the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) and the World Bank.

On August 7th - many groups all over the world need to come together and participate in a "World Handloom Day" in their respective countries and states to celebrate the sustenance of handloom-based textile production and asking Governments to be more responsible to the people dependent on such livelihoods.

As part of these a Walk is organised on “Celebrate Handloom Production” at the Necklace Road, Hyderabad, on 7th of August 2011.


Shashi Rajagopalan well known as dynamic personality for promoting credit cooperatives and farmers’ agri-processing units during a two-decade, till recently on the board of the RBI is no more with us.

We deeply condole her demise with our heavy heart. On behalf of Akshara team we pray for her soul to rest in peace.


The UN has declared that a famine is occurring in the Bakool and Lower Shabelle regions of southern Somalia. The world body has also appealed for 300 million US dollars over the next two months to bolster its response in the affected areas.

Parts of southern Somalia are suffering from the worst famine in a generation, affecting over 3.7 million people.With thousands migrating to escape the severe drought currently wrecking havoc in southern and central parts of the war-ravaged country, the UN has formally declared a famine in five districts.The UN estimates that humanitarian agencies need 1.6 billion US dollars for Somalia alone.

Tens of thousands have died across the region, most of them children. The UN said any respite from the drought is unlikely before the end of the year. Humanitarian aid agencies have criticized the slow international response to the crisis in the Horn of Africa, compounded by drought and war.



Currently, there are three crore poor women participating in SHGs.This number will be taken up to seven crore in the next 10 years, Rural development minister had announced on Monday during a function of signing of about Rs 4,600 crore credit agreement with the World Bank for National Rural Livelihoods Project.

Nepal and the World Bank have signed a grant agreement providing $75 million to the country’s Poverty Alleviation Fund, which supports economic development, infrastructure and rural development projects. The sum includes a $65 million grant from the International Development Association, which is the World Bank’s concessional arm, and a $10 million grant co-financed by the Global Food Price Response Program multidonor trust fund.

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.