The Social Dimension of Ecosystem-based Adaptation

Policy Brief on “The Social Dimension of Ecosystem-based Adaptation” We are pleased to announce the issue of a Policy Brief titled “The Social Dimension of Ecosystem-based Adaptation” which is available at http://www.unep.org/ecosystemmanagement/Portals/7/Documents/policy_series_12-small_Nov_2013.pdf An important feature of Ecosystem-based Adaptation to climate change (EbA), besides environmental and adaptation benefits, is the pursuit of social benefits for local communities including vulnerable groups, such […]

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Stop Pesticide Poisonings: Time travel through international pesticide policies (2nd edition)

A new edition of the popular PAN Germany publication “Stop Pesticide Poisonings! A time travel through international pesticide policies” is now available at: http://www.pan-germany.org/download/Stop_Pesticide_Poisonings_131212.pdf It takes the reader on a quick journey through the years since pesticide poisonings in developing countries first came to international attention. It highlights the global efforts to solve pesticide-related problems, and looks behind the statements […]

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7 lakh Indians died of cancer last year: WHO

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/7-lakh-Indians-died-of-cancer-last-year-WHO/articleshow/27317742.cms Download the report: http://www.iarc.fr/en/publications/pdfs-online/wcr/2008/wcr_2008.pdf LONDON: Nearly seven lakh Indians die ofcancer every year, while over 10 lakh are newly diagnosed with some form of the disease. According to the latest World Cancer Report from the World Health Organisation (WHO), more women in India are being newly diagnosed with cancer annually. As against 4.77 lakh men, 5.37 lakh women were diagnosed with cancer in […]

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roundwater Collectivization for Sustainable Agriculture in Drought Prone Areas – a case study in Kummaravandla Palli village of Anantapur district, Andhra Pradesh

a case study “Groundwater Collectivization for Sustainable Agriculture in Drought Prone Areas – a case study in Kummaravandla Palli village of Anantapur district, Andhra Pradesh, authored by G. Sreedhar, G. Shankar Reddy, D. Dadabi and Y. Giri Prasad, Professor, and Project Fellows, UGC SAP and Research Scholar, respectively, in the Department of Rural Development & Social Work, S.K. University, Anantapur […]

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India’s Role in the New Global Farmland Grab

See how CII, CIFA, FICCI etc have played an important role in new farm land grab by Indian companies indias role in new global farmland grab This report explores the role of Indian agricultural companies that have been involved in the recent trend in large-scale overseas acquisitions of farmland, criticised as “land grabbing”. While many international companies have traditionally grown […]

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Smallholders and sustainable wells: a retrospect – participatory groundwater management in Andhra Pradesh (India)

Central to the concept of Participatory Groundwater Management is community ownership and treatment of groundwater as a common property resource. The core principle is demystification of hydrological science for the benefit of rural communities, enabling them to blend their local hydrological knowledge for sustainable management of their groundwater resources. Great emphasis is put on reducing the agricultural water demand through […]

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The State of Food Insecurity in the World: 2013

The multiple dimensions of food security The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2013 presents updated estimates of undernourishment and progress towards the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) and World Food Summit (WFS) hunger targets. The latest assessment shows that further progress has been made towards the 2015 MDG target, which remains within reach for the developing regions as a whole, […]

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Collective Action to Reduce Goat Mortality – A Case Study of interventions supported by PRADAN in District Kandhamal, Odisha

http://sapplpp.org/goodpractices/smallruminants/collective-action-to-reduce-goat-mortality-a-case-study-of-PRADAN This case study is the result of field visits undertaken by SA PPLPP in District Kandhamal, Odisha, where PRADAN (Professional Assistance for Development Action) has supported goat based livelihood interventions in five of the fourteen gram panchayats of the Balliguda block.  http://sapplpp.org/goodpractices/folder-for-related-files/Collective-Action-to-Reduce-Goat-Mortality-PRADAN-Balliguda-Case-Study.pdf These interventions were designed with the twin objectives of increasing household income from goat rearing by reducing […]

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Payments for environmental services and market-based instruments: next of kin or false friends?

http://www.iddri.org/Publications/Collections/Idees-pour-le-debat/WP1413_RL%20RP_PES%20and%20MBIs-next%20of%20kin%20or%20false%20friends.pdf The emergence of market-based instruments (MBIs) in the field of ecosystem services has been spectacular but still lacks a clear conceptualization. Terms are overused and abused in discourses, and contrasted policy instruments are referred to as market-oriented albeit with few characteristics in common. Realities on the ground differ substantially from attractive yet misleading propositions supported by public and private […]

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Residential Proximity to Methyl Bromide Use and Birth Outcomes in an Agricultural Population in California

Background: Methyl bromide, a fungicide often used in strawberry cultivation, is of concern for residents who live near agricultural applications because of its toxicity and potential for drift. Little is known about the effects of methyl bromide exposure during pregnancy. Objective: We investigated the relationship between residential proximity to methyl bromide use and birth outcomes. Methods: Participants were from the CHAMACOS (Center for […]

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