Union Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare Minister Outlines the Various Measures Taken by the Government
WFP provided technical support for registration of about 32.6 million individuals in the state of Odisha to benefit from the Government of India’s National Food Security Act (NFSA).
The Government of India and WFP signed a Letter of Intent for a proposal to establish a Centre of Excellence on food and nutrition security.
WFP has been invited to share its experiences on fortification and the results of the fortification pilot as inputs for potential formulation of a national food fortification policy.
Over 250 districts in 10 states of the country are reeling under severe drought.
These states are home to around 33 crore people, that is nearly one-fourth of the population of the country.
The worrisome situation related to drought was also reflected in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.
The house held a short duration discussion on the prevailing drought situation and water scarcity in many parts of the country.
Responding to the discussion, Agriculture Minister radha mohan singh said that centre is providing all necessary support to the states.
Following two consecutive below-average monsoon seasons, 330 million people are affected by drought across 10 of India’s 29 states, according to the government. Water shortages are severe. People are facing food shortages and livelihoods have been severely damaged.
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Assessment of Impact of Drought on Men, Women and Children
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From 4 to 8 April, a series of tropical depressions and the passage of Tropical Cyclone Zena near the island of Viti Levu caused widespread flooding, further compounding the impact of Cyclone Winston which struck the Fijian islands in February. Three fatalities were reported and more than 12,000 people sheltered in evacuation centres. The floods washed away seeds planted after Cyclone Winston, increasing the country’s vulnerability to food insecurity in the coming months.
Situation Report- Odisha
The Due to erratic and deficient rainfall during the South-West Monsoon-2015, the State of Odisha faced with a severe drought situation. In addition to erratic and deficient rainfall during the South-West Monsoon2015, the dry spell continued in subsequent months. The actual state average rainfall during the months from June to November, 2015 vis-à-vis the long term average rainfall for the said months is indicated below:
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LONDON, April 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In Zimbabwe, worsening droughts mean farmers will struggle to grow a maize crop two out of every five seasons, a leading international agriculture expert has warned.
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Imagine a humanitarian convoy made up of hundreds of tonnes of rice travelling from one country to another- 2500 miles apart-for the benefit of people in need. That was the case recently when the ICRC New Delhi purchased 450 tonnes of rice from Burdwan in West Bengal, India, on behalf of ICRC headquarters, for distribution to beneficiaries across different Syrian cities where people are facing extremely difficult conditions because of the on-going armed conflict.
The Bundelkhand region (comprising seven districts of Uttar Pradesh and six districts of Madhya Pradesh) is once again making headlines for its drought situation.
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The Central Government of India has accorded the status ‘calamity of severe nature’ to the worst floods Tamil Nadu witnessed in over hundred years.
Mud huts with thatch roofs have been severely affected in the floods. Walls have melted away, the flooring made of mud remained damp and sludgy weeks after the floods.
Households have lost their utensils, stoves clothes and other belongings in the flood
LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure availability of enough foodgrain to people in drought-hit areas of the state for at least six months.
In a letter to Modi, Yadav said that in keeping with the financial condition of the state, it was not possible to bear the expenditure of the foodgrain although it was ready to bear the burden on its distribution, transport and margin money.
• Out of the 901 primary and secondary schools at least 103 schools (11%) are being used as evacuation centres.
• 38% of all healthcare facilities have been damaged.
• 26,125 people in the most affected areas, (7.5% of the estimated population in these areas), have been provided with WASH supplies to ensure safe drinking water and sanitation.
• The Emergency Coordinator Osnat Lubrani joined Fiji's Ambassador for Climate Change Amena Yauvoli in visiting the cyclonehit islands of Koro in the Lomaiviti Group.
Government priorities for immediate relief are shelter, water, health and food, as well as restoration of schools and delivery of seeds.
Access to fresh water remains a particular concern. Most of the 67,000 Fijians who had been targeted with water deliveries by end of January due to the El Niño-related drought, live in the corridor most affected by the cyclone.
40,000 affected people (53% male, 46% female) live on small islands, largely in the Eastern Division, where damage is extensive and access is limited.