Livelihoods News

A delegation of non-government organisations assembled under the banner “Beyond Copenhagen” has returned here from Cancun, Mexico, after making interventions for bringing agricultural and food security issues to the mainstream climate negotiations at the 16 {+t} {+h} U.N. Climate Summit. The team took part in the side events, held rallies and lobbied with negotiators during the much talked about global event.

A total of 2,323 people have died and 104,614 have been sickened so far in the cholera epidemic besieging Haiti since mid-October, authorities said Monday.According to figures supplied by the Public Health and Population Ministry, in the last three days 130 people have died from cholera around the country.

Hand loom weavers in Agartala are suffering huge losses, the government used to buy the Janta products through a programme that supported rural crafts but it is not doing the same now, which has added to their woes.“Earlier, the government used to buy all their Janta products through Primary Agricultural Cooperative Credit Society (PACCS), but it has discontinued it now. The demand of a typical type of weave and fabric has fallen in past few years. 

Farmers, peasants, pastoralists and activists taking part in an “All-India Kisan Swaraj Yatra” – which on Thursday, on its way to Raj Ghat in Delhi – questioned the “displacement-oriented” development policies adopted in the country, saying they were promoting the corporate interests and leading to misery and impoverishment of the rural communities.

It is expected in  January 2011, disaster management will get better and more scientific with Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) readying coastal vulnerability atlas for the entire coastline of the country.

Persons with disabilities are the last identity group to enter the workforce, not because their disability comes in the way of their functioning, but because of social and practical barriers that prevent them from joining work, a study on the ‘Employment Rights of Disabled Women in India'.

Two thirds of the poor live in drylands, about half in farm households where environmental degradation threatens the agricultural production on which their livelihoods depend. It causes them to seek short-term solutions to acute problems, thus further damaging their environment and perpetuating a cycle of desertification and poverty

Farmers are the most vulnerable to price volatility. When agricultural prices soar, it releases a delusion that the fervor will continue, and farmers may have incentive to plant more. Sometimes it is the government's policy that pushes farmers to plant more to mitigate the supply shortage. After time many farmers are left with cheap or worthless crops and market gloom. Apart from a more prudent policy to provide guidance and market predictions for farmers, there have to be mechanisms to help farmers cushion the risks brought on by price adjustments.

Papua New Guinea landholders say their livelihoods are at risk from an Australian mining company's plan to dump waste into waters off the PNG coast.

The Asian Development Bank and two power companies in India and Japan have signed an agreement to develop and operate a series of renewable energy projects in India over the next three years.ADB will invest USD40 million for a 25 percent stake in the joint venture while India’s NTPC will own 50 percent, with Japan’s Kyushu Electric Power holding the remaining 25 percent. The joint venture will be designed to generate up to 500 megawatts of renewable energy. It is expected to help India reach its goal of reducing its dependence on fossil fuels and improve its energy security. The joint venture will also help reduce the country’s green house gas emissions.