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An apple a day bodes ill for food security in Kashmir


Author: Athar Parvaiz

SRINAGAR, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Food security in the Himalayan state of Jammu and Kashmir is being jeopardized as farmers switch from cultivating rice to apples and sell off land to developers, say experts, who blame poor irrigation and the effects of a warming climate for the change.

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Political Violence, Drought and Child Malnutrition: Empirical Evidence from Andhra Pradesh, India

We analyse the combined effect of political violence and adverse climatic shocks on child nutrition. Instrumental variable models using longitudinal data from Andhra Pradesh, India, yield two key results: (i) drought has an adverse effect on child nutritio n in Andhra Pradesh only in violence - affected communities, and (ii) political violence has large negative effects on child nutrition through a reduction of the ability of households to cope with drought. FE - 2SLS results are complemented by the use of a unique natural experiment created by a ceasefire in 2004.

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Programming on the Right to be Heard: A learning companion (Revised Edition)


The Revised Edition of the Right to be Heard is about people claiming their right to a better life. This Learning Companion aims to guide work and strengthen focus in this area.

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Indian farmers driven to suicide as hail ruins crops

  • Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh states worst hit

  • Bureaucrats criticised for being slow to respond

  • Opposition plays up issue before election

  • Government to provide $220 million in aid - source

By Rajendra Jadhav

MUMBAI, March 24 (Reuters) - Unseasonal rains and hailstorms this month have damaged the winter-sown crops of millions of Indian farmers, but Rekha Garole lost more than others.

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The Gender Advantage: Women on the front line of climate change

A new report highlights the vital role women smallholder farmers play in delivering both economic and social benefits when provided the right tools for adapting to climate change.

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Asia-Pacific Humanitarian Bulletin 2013

The year was marked by 137 natural disasters in the region, compared with 93 separate events in 2012. The number of people killed by disasters was almost six times higher.

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Cyclone Phailin - Islamic Relief reaches over 18,000 people

Islamic Relief

Cyclone Phailin was the second-strongest tropical storm ever to hit India, killing 45 people when it made landfall in October 2013. Since then, Islamic Relief has been providing emergency relief to some of the 12 million affected by the disaster.

When Cyclone Phailin crashed into Odisha state, India, in October 2013, 12 million people were affected. Over half a million evacuated the area, and countless more lost their homes and possessions – including Sakir Mohammad.

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18,000 Indians reached by cyclone response

Islamic Relief

Around 2,300 families received the packages, which included rice, daal, salt, oil, and spices as well as biscuits for children.

Over 18,000 vulnerable people in cyclone-hit India have received essential food aid, thanks to Islamic Relief’s emergency response.

Around 12 million peopled were affected as category 4 Cyclone Phailin crashed into coastal communities in October 2013.

The most powerful storm to hit the state of Odisha in 14 years, Phailin left tens of thousands cut off and destroyed 650,000 hectares of crops.

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Reviving hopes of farmers with hybrid pigeonpea technology

Hyderabad, 29 January 2014: Over 70 smallholder farmers and seed producers from Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat collectively endorsed and recognized the contribution of hybrid pigeonpea in achieving food and nutrition security, resilience and improved livelihood. The hybrids in the crop (first in world in any legume) are the results of the crop improvements efforts by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) based in Hyderabad.

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ECHO Factsheet – January 2014 – India

Key messages

  • It is vital to continue assisting the victims of natural disasters, India being highly vulnerable to cyclones, floods, earthquakes and droughts.

  • Alleviating the emergency needs arising from three protracted crises: Jammu & Kashmir, the North-Eastern States, and Naxal-affected areas in central India, with a special emphasis on protection, health and nutrition remains a priority.

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GIEWS Country Brief : India 27-January-2014


  • Favourable rains boost wheat plantings for the 2014 Rabi season crop

  • 2013 Kharif season rice production to remain close to last year’s bumper level

  • Total cereal exports forecast to decrease in 2013/14 marketing year but remain the second highest on record

  • Rice and wheat prices increased or remained generally stable

  • Food security concerns remain for the vulnerable groups due to high prices

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WFP Reforms Ensure Food Reaches The Right Beneficiaries

Years of research and analysis, coupled with tried and tested solutions on the ground, pay off with the successful implementation of key reforms to improve the Targeted Public Distribution System in Rayagada, Odisha.

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Analysis: The plight of Myanmar’s Chins in India


AIZAWL, 3 January 2014 (IRIN) - Recent political reforms have not improved conditions in Myanmar’s northwestern Chin State, but life in neighbouring India - where many Chin people continue to seek asylum and livelihoods - often means surviving without legal protection and encountering tensions with host communities, experts say.


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Une sélection d'articles d'IRIN sont publiés sur ReliefWeb. Trouvez d'autres articles et analyses d'IRIN sur

This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

Cet article ne reflète pas nécessairement les vues des Nations Unies. Voir IRIN droits d'auteur pour les conditions d'utilisation.

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RSIS Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies Year in Review 2013

Message from the Dean

Dear Readers,

The year drew to a close with Super Typhoon Haiyan devastating the Philippines. Extreme weather events are not only becoming more frequent. They are increasing in magnitude around the world. Yet, action at the global level on climate change remains anaemic. Concerted global and regional action on such cross-cutting issues remains difficult, partly because they impinge on issues of sovereignty and responsibility, and also because of the multitude of interests that clamour for a voice.

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OFID Governing Board approves new loans and grants to boost socio-economic development

Vienna, Austria, December 11, 2013. Meeting in its 145th Session, the Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has approved financing over US$403m to boost socio-economic development in over 35 partner countries. Of the new commitments some US$306.04m went to support 14 public sector loans and seven grants. The bulk of the public sector funding will co-finance transportation, education, energy, poverty reduction, and water supply and sanitation projects. Under OFID’s private sector and trade finance programs, eight projects totalling US$97m were approved.

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The State of Hunger in Asia, 2013

ASIA: World's economic powerhouse is home to hunger

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About AHRC: The Asian Human Rights Commission is a regional non-governmental organisation monitoring and lobbying human rights issues in Asia. The Hong Kong-based group was founded in 1984

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When Calamity Strikes, Think Local

By Malini Shankar

BHUBANESWAR, India, Nov 30 2013 (IPS) - More than a month after Cyclone Phailin battered Orissa, tribes in the eastern Indian coastal state are still feeling its wrath. Besides the damage to their homes and hearths, it has also meant a loss of their traditional food.

“Calamities like Cyclone Phailin affect all equally, but the tribes are far more vulnerable to the impact of calamities because of lesser resilience,” Special Relief Commissioner P.K. Mahapatra tells IPS.

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ACT Alliance Appeal: India - Cyclone Phailin - IND134

ACT Alliance

Appeal Target: US$2,487,251

Balance Requested: US$2,029,045

This appeal replaces the preliminary appeal issued 18 October 2013

Geneva, 29 November 2013

Dear Colleagues,

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Asia Pacific Food Price and Policy Monitor, November 2013 - Issue 5


  • Food inflation in the region has ranged between 7.3 percent and 7.8 percent over the past five months.

  • Indonesia has been grappling with double-digit food inflation for several months, with a 12.6 percent rise in food prices in October.

  • In Afghanistan (Kabul), retail prices for low quality rice have risen significantly, increasing by an average 26.3 percent from the same time last year.