Livelihoods News

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.

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.