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Poor health to food insecurity

Author(s): Indu Mathi S
Issue Date: Oct 15, 2013
SOCIAL scientists attribute food insecurity to a variety of reasons. They can now add one more reason to the list. A recent study by researchers at the universities of Toronto and Calgary in Canada suggests that adults suffering from chronic diseases adversely impact food security of the household.

Assessing poverty-deforestation links: evidence from Swat, Pakistan

Posted on: 15 Sep, 2013
This blog is based on an essay published by my co-author an me in Ecological Economics (68, 2009, 2076-2618).  We explored the debates around poverty-resource degradation linkages; that the poor are more resource dependent and consequently contribute relatively more to resource degradation.  Our quantitative results show no clear association between income (poverty) and resource dependence.  Utilizing satellite imagery and poverty mapping, we also demonstrate that there is no necessary overlap between poverty and forest degradation.  We turned to a historical and institu

Science and Technology - Briefs

Issue Date: Sep 30, 2013
TECHNOLOGY Water forecast We rely on weather forecasts to know how hot or cold next few days would be. A new forecast system can now predict changes in ocean ecosystem, too, months in advance. Known as J-SCOPE, it works by feeding data from global climate models into a coastal ocean and oxygen model that helps predict oxygen levels and other ocean water properties.

Bill will push PDS reform

Issue Date: Sep 15, 2013

India's gold follies and food security

Posted on: 28 Aug, 2013
Why are lawmakers so ready to forego huge tax revenues on gold but baulk at spending on food for the poor?

Books in cyberspace

Issue Date: Sep 15, 2013
A Brazilian businessman has devised a technological solution to the problem of high book prices and lack of school libraries in his country. Jonas Suassuna’s online library, Nuvem de Livros (Cloud of Books), offers more than 10,000 titles to one million subscribers who can read the content on their computer, tablet or smart phone. Developed in collaboration with the Brazilian unit of Spanish telecom giant Telefonica, the online platform allows users to access educational content and literary works without the need to download the material.

More bite, less to chew

Issue Date: Sep 15, 2013
First, the mind-blowing figure: 813,373,000 or 813 million to round it off. That is two-thirds of this populous country and the number of people who will be covered by the National Food Security Act once the government pushes it through Rajya Sabha after its victory in Lok Sabha on August 26.

The poverty quibble

Posted on: 31 Jul, 2013
Government claims a huge drop in poverty numbers but critical indicators—health, malnutrition and wages—continue to be grim. So how did the poor fare better?

G8 and tragedy of Africa

Posted on: 15 Jul, 2013
The white man’s burden never eases. Long after the sun set on colonial empires, the rich nations of the world who make the G8, the smallest and most powerful club of their group, are preparing for yet another onerous task.

Premature scheme

Issue Date: Jul 15, 2013
Twenty-four-year-old Usha Ben, a tribal living in Santrampur tehsil of Panchmahal district, delivered a baby at a private clinic in the absence of a doctor. The baby was delivered by a nurse in the clinic. The doctor stopped attending to her as soon as she was told that Usha Ben was a beneficiary of the Gujarat government’s Chiranjeevi Yojana. Soon after the delivery she was sent home without the essential postdelivery checkup.
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