New Challenges to Food Security in India

- Ajay K Jha

India will have soon a food grain reserve touching 60 million tones. Despite this impressive reserves, the actual access of people to food remain severely restricted. Hunger deaths taking place in almost all parts of the country, attest to the fact more prominently than the figures relating to reserves provided by central government and an impressive array of programmes existing to fight the situation. India has 360 million undernourished and 300 million poor people...

City of Eternal Spring Carries the Expectation of the World

The city of epic struggle against water privatization, Cochabamba carries the expectation of the world for a just and equitable climate deal. Besides the warmth of the people from Cochabamba, one can definitely feel and poise and expectation in the air. More than 7 million people stranded at airports of northern Europe, many thousands among them definitely destined to the small tropical town and third largest city of Bolivia, has failed to dampen the spirit and enthusiasm of Bolivia to play a crucial leadership role in arriving at a just deal...

नरेगा: काग़ज़ों से परे

- रजनीश

2 फ़रवरी 2006 को इस क़ानून के लागू होने के बाद से अब तक 3 वर्ष पूर्ण हो चुके हैं और दस्तावेजों में यह पूरी तरह सफल दिखाई देता है, परन्तु यही इसकी ज़मीनी हकीक़त को देखा जाए तो स्पष्ट होता है कि अभी तक यह क़ानून अपने सही रूप में सामने नहीं आ सका है. इस क़ानून की सबसे पहली ज़रुरत यह थी कि जिस वर्ग को केंद्र में रखकर इसे बनाया गया था उस वर्ग तक इसकी पहुँच हो...

Food Crisis: Small and Marginal Farmers Hold the Key

- Ajay K Jha

The world is in the grips of an impending food and ecological crises. While the prices of food world over have skyrocketed during the current and previous years, the availability of food both for the producing as well as the importing countries have been badly hit resulting in deep food crisis. What is more disturbing that the food scarcity is here to stay. Different political systems and civil society has responded differently to the crises however all responses have been obscured by the food riots in more than 30 countries during the previous and current year...

जलवायु परिवर्तन से निपटने के प्रयास

- रजनीश

"पिछले कुछ सालों में गर्मी कितनी बढ़ी है?" अगर आपका जलवायु परिवर्तन की बहसों, अखबारों या सामान्य ज्ञान के अन्य सूचना स्रोतों से अच्छा रिश्ता नहीं है और आप खुद पहले से इस तरह की जानकारी संग्रहित करने की इच्छा से प्रेरित नहीं रहे हैं तो आपका क्या जवाब होगा? ज़ाहिर-सी बात है - "बहुत." आज जलवायु परिवर्तन या साधारण-सी भाषा में कहें तो मौसम के बदलते मिजाज़ पर विशेषज्ञ आंकड़ों की भाषा में बात करते हैं...

Towards Consensus on India's Position in International Negotiation

The Consultation is being organized by a collective of civil society organizations working on the issues of economic and climate justice and access to equity and justice issues. A number of activities have been organized in different states and agro climatic zone and with the objective of reaching out to different groups of stake holders including policy makers, media, academicians and scientists, farmers and underprivileged groups including women...

Commodity Exchanges and Futures Trading

- Alessandra Birolo

A commodity exchange1 is a particular exchange (or market) in which commodities and derivatives products are traded. The mechanics behind an exchange are basically the same as the ones behind a public marketplace, where commodities are contracted for purchase or sale at an agreed price and for delivery at a specific date. The objects of trade are mainly agricultural products (like wheat, sugar, maize, cocoa, coffee, rice, etc.) and other raw materials (mainly metals), and the places of exchange are commodity markets...

Positions on Climate Change

- Alena Kovocova

As pointed out in the fact-sheet of CSE, “policy makers in India either do not know about, or do not take seriously, the economic, health-related and environmental impacts of climate change. This is largely because they feel no pressure from the public to deal with the problem. It is therefore important to make sure that your local government representatives understand this threat and feel pressure from you to take action...

ग्रामीण भारत में दलित

- रजनीश

सूत्र वाक्य के रूप में यह अक्सर सुनाई देता है कि 'दलितों के सामाजिक, आर्थिक, सांस्कृतिक व राजनैतिक अधिकारों का हनन किया जा रहा है.' यह स्पष्ट है कि मानवाधिकारों को जिन श्रेणियों में वर्गीकृत किया जा सकता है उसमे यह स्पष्ट वर्गीकरण है. हम यहाँ सारे मानवाधिकारों के केंद्र में गरिमापूर्ण जीवन के अधिकार (Right to Dignity) को मानते हुए वर्तमान परिदृश्य के सन्दर्भ में अपनी बात रखने का प्रयास कर रहे हैं...

Agriculture in Climate Change Negotiations

Ajay K Jha

Climate change is not only an environmental issue but a defining problem for generations to come which can slow down the pace of progress towards sustainable development either directly through increased exposure to adverse impact or indirectly through erosion of the capacity to adapt...

Questioning Globalization; Assessing Democratic Deficits and Peoples Alternative

The experience of last two decades have taught us that it’s easier to understand globalization by the impact rather than by its defi nitions. It has defi ed all its defi nitions. It has gone beyond every validation...

पैरवी परिचय

पैरवी एक ग़ैर-सरकारी और अलाभकारी संस्था है, जो मानवाधिकार, लोकतंत्र और बेहतर शासन के विश्वव्यापी मूल्यों को प्रोत्साहित करने के लिए प्रतिबद्ध है. पैरवी की मूलभूत भूमिका स्थानीय नागर समाज संगठनों और नागरिक समूहों को मानवाधिकार के प्रयोग व जनसमर्थन के क्षेत्र में शिक्षित और प्रोत्साहित करना है...

PAIRVI Brochure

PAIRVI is a non-government not for profit organization committed to promotion of universal values of human rights, democracy and good governance. It works to expand public space for policymaking and to educate, engage and promote grassroots civil society organizations and citizens groups in...

Public Hearing on Climate Change; Voices from the Rain-fed Areas

India is among the countries most threatened by climate change. One of the most important impacts expected is on agricultural productivity especially in rain-fed areas. This has major implications for the food and livelihood security of about two thirds of the country's population...

Mainstreaming Human Rights Based Approach

Development and human rights were considered two separate spheres with diverging strategies and objectives until 1990s. Despite a clear relationship between the two as laid down in the UN Charter (1945), governments, bilateral donors, international NGOs were reluctant to...

Malnutrition and Role of MTCs in Jharkhand

India is home to 40 percent of the world’s malnourished children and 35 percent of the developing world’s low-birth-weight infants ; every year 2.5 million children die in India, accounting for one in five deaths  in the world...

Mainstreaming Human Rights Based Approach in Grassroots Organizations

The lack of experience, prescriptive ideas, and knowledge on implementing RBA in specific contexts and local settings of grassroots organizations, has led to a varied understanding and more diversified approaches in development sectors...

Dalits in Election Menifestos: Who Cares

Come election time and every political party have a host of goodies to offer almost everybody. Before we could go onto the next question that how sincere these parties are in terms of providing what they promise, there is another question that is of extreme relevance, the concern of major political parties with dalits...

Beyond Copenhagen Brochure

The Collective is a joint collaboration between a number of CSOs having different skills and expertise and working with a range of primary stakeholders, policymakers, grassroots organizations, NGO networks and media...

Agriculture and Climate Change Brochure

The agriculture is important in to ways. While it produces the food, it also provides livelihood to 36% of world’s population. In the heavily populated countries in Asia and Africa this share increases to 40-50%, and in sub Saharan Africa 2/3rds of the workforce is engaged in agriculture...

Akele Nahi Aata Akaal (Hindi)

Article by Anupam Mishra

Year: 2009

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