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Smallholder Farmers in India: Food Security and Agricultural Policy
R.B. Singh Assistant Director-General and FAO Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific; P. Kumar Professor of Agricultural Economics and FAO consultant, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi; T. Woodhead FAO consultant: strategic aspects of rice-based systems
FAO RAP Publication March 2002
This is a FAO, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific publication. Download
Keywords: national food security schemes, India, FAO, agriculture, smallhold farmer
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Synergy between Food Security Act and NREGA
Hindustan Times 2009
This article was published in the Hindustan Times Op-ed section. Download
Keywords: food, for, work, NREGA, India, act
> Food For Work
Food Security and Nutrition in the Sahel and West Africa
Policy Note, RPCA
OECD November 2008
This note has the main conclusions of the 24th annual meeting of the Food Crisis Prevention Network in the Sahel and West Africa (RPCA). http//www.oecd.org/sah www.westafricaclub.org
Keywords: health, nutrition, africa
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Knowledge and Innovation for Agricultural Development
Kwadwo Asenso-Okyere and Kristin Davis
IFPRI Policy Brief Download
Keywords: education, capacity building, policy
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Voices From Africa
Anuradha Mittal and Melissa Moore (editors)
The Oakland Institute 2009
African farmers and environmentalists speak out against a new green revolution in Africa. Download
Keywords: environment, natural resources, climate change, africa, farmer, green revolution
> Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change
Women and Rural Employment: Fighting Poverty by Redefining Gender Roles
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Economic and Social Perspectives August 2009
In many countries, women are the main producers of food and crucial for the well-being of rural populations.
Their confinement to home-based work frequently prevents them from engaging in paid employment. Expanding women's employment opportunities promises a pathway out of poverty. Download
Keywords: gender, women, agriculture, employment
> Gender and Food
India Biofuels Annual
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service
India's bio-fuel strategy continues to focus on use of non-food sources for production of bio-fuels: sugar molasses for production of ethanol for blending with gasoline, and non-edible oilseeds for production of bio-diesel for blending with petro-diesel. The government's current target of five percent blending of ethanol with petrol has been partially successful in years of surplus sugar production, but falters when sugar production declines. The commercial production of bio-diesel for blending with petro-diesel has been very small due to inadequate feed stocks. Download
Keywords: energy, biofuel, India
> Energy and Biofuel
Conflict, Food Insecurity, and Globalization
Ellen Messer, Marc. J. Cohen
International Food Policy Research Institute May 2006
We explore how globalization, broadly conceived to include international humanrights
norms, humanitarianism, and alternative trade, might influence peaceful and foodsecure
outlooks and outcomes. The paper draws on our previous work on conflict as a
cause and effect of hunger and also looks at agricultural exports as war commodities. We
review studies on the relationships between (1) conflict and food insecurity, (2) conflict
and globalization, and (3) globalization and food insecurity. Next, we analyze countrylevel,
historical contexts where export crops, such as coffee and cotton, have been
implicated in triggering and perpetuating conflict. These cases suggest that it is not
export cropping per se, but production and trade structures and food and financial policy
contexts that determine peaceful or belligerent outcomes. Export cropping appears to
contribute to conflict when fluctuating prices destabilize household and national incomes
and when revenues fund hostilities. Also, in these scenarios, governments have not taken
steps to progressively realize the right to adequate food or to reduce hunger and poverty.
We conclude by exploring implications for agricultural development, trade, and humanrights
Reproduced with permission from the International Food Policy Research Institute.
Keywords: food security conflict, hunger, war, globalization, export cropping, coffee, cotton, sugar, human rights, right to food, fair trade
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There are more than 1.02 billion hungry people in the world
Providing global food security is one of the principle challenges for humanity in current times. The scale of the challenge is immense. According to an FAO estimate over 1 billion people suffer from hunger. One sixth of all humanity currently goes hungry every day. This is a challenge that has reached unprecedented levels in recent years. There are more people hungry today than at any time since 1970.
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