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Report of the Special Rapporteur on the r ight to food

140125 Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, Final report_ The transformative potential of the right to food Ol ivier De Schutter Fi nal report : The t ransformati ve potenti al of the right to food*


  THE CAMPAIGN WILL CONTINUE PROTESTING FOR A COMPREHENSIVE FOOD SECURITY LAW   THIS IS A MERE SOP, A FOOD INSECURITY LAW AND NOT A FOOD SECURITY LAW   Jantar Mantar, New Delhi 19th March, 2013 More than 500 people of the Right to Food Campaign sitting at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi rejected the National Food Security Bill 2013 which was passed by the cabinet of the UPA Government today evening and will now be placed in the Parliament in this session. NO TIME FRAME FOR IMPLEMENTATION People were shocked to learn that according to the Bill that was passed, the law will not be applied in one stroke. […]

Subsidies on food: Study advises delay of cash transfer scheme

download the report: http://www.sewabharat.org/Delhi%20cash%20transfers%20english.pdf TNN NEW DELHI: With finance minister P Chidambaram recently declaring at a fullPlanning Commission meeting that cash transfers may replace subsidies for food, fertilizers and fuel by the end of the 12th five year Plan, the controversial proposal has again moved center stage. A recently concluded pilot project in Delhi which substituted ration cards with Rs 1000 transferred monthly to families throws light on the pros and cons of the scheme. The study involved 450 below poverty line households living in Raghubir Nagar, a colony in west Delhi. Of these, 100 households (called the transfer group) received the cash through a bank account opened in the women’s name. The remaining 350 […]

The right to food: Joan Mencher

VIKHAR AHMED SAYEED Interview with Joan Mencher, an anthropologist who has worked in India for long on issues such as agriculture, ecology and caste.  K. MURALI KUMAR  Joan P. Mencher: “Indian scientists should focus on sustainable agriculture with an emphasis on reform from below.”  JOAN P. MENCHER is a Professor emerita of Anthropology from the City University of New York’s Graduate Centre and Lehman College of the City University of New York. She is the chair of an embryonic not-for-profit organisation, The Second Chance Foundation, which works to support rural grass-roots organisations that work with poor and small farmers in India and the United States on issues of sustainable agriculture. […]

Report of Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter

Download the report The reinvestment in agriculture, triggered by the 2008 food price crisis, is essential to the concrete realization of the right to food. However, in a context of ecological, food and energy crises, the most pressing issue regarding reinvestment is not how much, but how. This report explores how States can and must achieve a reorientation of their agricultural systems towards modes of production that are highly productive, highly sustainable and that contribute to the progressive realization of the human right to adequate food. Drawing on an extensive review of the scientific literature published in the last five years, the Special Rapporteur identifies agroecology as a mode of agricultural development which not only shows strong conceptual connections […]

Right to Food

Ministries refuse to file affidavit on hunger deaths (Nitin Sethi, The Times of India, 12 May 2011) http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Ministries-refuse-to-file-affidavit-on-child-hunger-deaths/articleshow/8260395.cms The cash mantra (Jean Dreze, The Indian Express, 11 May 2011) (http://www.indianexpress.com/news/the-cash-mantra/788791/0) The wheat mountains of the Punjab (M. S. Swaminathan, 11 May 2011, The Hindu) http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/article2006933.ece?service=mobile More grain for BPL families in two weeks, Centre informs court (J. Venkatesan, 11 May 2011, The Hindu) http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2007339.ece?service=mobile ‘2,500 kids die every day’ (Chetan Chauhan, The Hindustan Times, 10 May 2011) http://www.hindustantimes.com/2-500-kids-die-every-day/Article1-695904.aspx Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition in Vidarbha: A Household Level Analysis (S Parasuraman and T Rajaretnam, The Economic and Political Weekly, Volume 46, Issue 19) http://epw.in/epw/uploads/articles/16030.pdf Wheat bought by govt lies in open for lack of storage space […]

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