Livelihoods News

Representatives of rubber industry have begun discussions on relevant issues related to the sector at the annual conference of Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC), an inter-governmental organisation consisting of 11 member countries. The issues like labour and livelihoods of small growers were also addressed.

According to the Indian Medical Association, anaemia is one of the leading causes of school dropouts and results in lower mental and motor development, fatigue and low productivity in adulthood. There are various estimates of the impact on GDP; according to The Micronutrient Initiative, India loses 1.27 per cent of its GDP annually due to anaemia.

The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Food for Peace (FFP), is responding to the needs of Zimbabweans who require food aid during the 2010-2011 lean season. USAID is partnering with Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the lead agency in a consortium which includes ACDI/VOCA and CARE, to implement the Promoting Recovery in Zimbabwe (PRIZE) program. The United States government is the largest single donor of humanitarian assistance in Zimbabwe. Since 2002, the United States has contributed more than $1 billion to humanitarian operations in Zimbabwe.

Loss of Food GrainsWith paddy arrivals picking up, over 6 lakh tonnes of paddy has been procured in Punjab. State-run agencies account for almost 97 per cent of the total arrivals. A spokesperson said that out of a total procurement of 6.11 lakh tonnes government agencies procured 5.93 lakh tonnes of crop whereas private traders procured 18,029 tonnes of paddy. The Central government agency, Food Corporation of India, has lifted just 667 tonnes. The Government has set up almost 1,700 procurement centres across the State for smooth lifting. (PTI)

The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has sanctioned Rs 30.07 crore as loan assistance to the State Government of Karnataka for rural infrastructure in various districts of the State. The projects sanctioned cover rural roads, bridges, minor irrigation (MI) projects and buildings of Anganwadis. These projects have been sanctioned under the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF XVI). The cumulative sanction to the State in 2010-11 stood at Rs 403.02 crore. The road, bridge and MI projects have been sanctioned to nine districts which had been badly affected by last year's floods. The projects would provide connectivity to 26 marketing centres, besides generation of nonrecurring employment of 3.26 lakh man-days. Implementation of the eight MI projects is expected to increase the irrigation potential in three districts to 522 hectares.

The Union government has sanctioned Rs.22.5 crore to Tamil Nadu for implementation of the Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana (PMAGY – Prime Minister's Model Village Scheme) in 225 villages of Tiruvarur and Cuddalore districts. A sum of Rs.10 lakh for each village has been approved. Tamil Nadu is one of the five States where the scheme is being implemented on a pilot basis. Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Assam and Bihar are the others. Villages have been chosen where Scheduled Castes form more than 50 per cent of the total population.

Let us pay tribute to teachers who help shape and challenge the minds of the young, and guide and train them for lifelong learning, thereby contributing to the social, economic, and intellectual development of our nation . Perhaps the most precious gift that we can give them on World Teachers’ Day is to show them that we have become the best of what we can be – responsible, caring, and contributing citizens of our country and the global community.

India is currently losing nearly 2% of the total milk production, amounting to a whopping Rs 2,661 crore due to rise in heat stress among cattle and buffaloes because of the global warming."The estimated annual loss at present due to heat stress among cattle and buffaloes at the all-India level is 1.8 million tonnes, that is nearly 2% of the total milk production in the country," said RC Upadhaya, principal scientist, Animal Physiology at National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI). As the milk selling is one of the major nonfarm livelihoods option in the country this is a real threat to the livelihoods of the people engage in the activity, it may also create a demand supply mismatch thereby making the situation more worse in near future.

In a move aimed at providing more trained teachers, select universities will soon offer BEd course along with graduation in science or arts subjects under the 3+1 pattern. The four-year "integrated" course will not be available to the students of commerce stream. The students in three-year graduation course can choose to study for another academic year to get a bachelor's degree in education. Meanwhile, University Grants Commission (UGC) has decided to introduce a six-month diploma course for academic administrators to train them in developing skills to manage the education system.
This will provide skilled teachers to support the growing demand for trained teachers in the schools, colleges and universities and hence provide employments.

On Tuesday, 5 October 2010, Indian and European civil society groups and movements will highlight the lack of transparency and business bias in the talks between the EU and India on a free trade agreement, and the threat to livelihoods it represents. They will call for an immediate halt to the negotiations which resume behind closed doors on 6-8 October 2010. The negotiations aim at a trade deal which seeks to increase access to markets but will expose farmers, street vendors, and small businesses to crushing competition and lead to livelihood losses and increased pressure on labour standards. Plans to strengthen intellectual property rights will endanger the availability of affordable drugs for the treatment of AIDS, malaria and cancer. Women will be worst affected by the agreement they said.