Farmers poor despite India being a powerhouse

Indian farmers

Farmers harvest a wheat crop against the backdrop of Taj Mahal in Agra on Friday. Agence France-Presse Asad Mirza, Indo-Asian News Service Since Independence, the agriculture sector has remained the main source of national income and occupation in India. In 1947, 72 per cent of the total working population was engaged in agricultural sector, but […]

CCC mayor: Need innovative, effective measures to tackle climate change impact on urban poor

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Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Mayor Md Rezaul Karim Chowdhury visiting the Livelihoods Improvement of Urban Poor Communities (LIUPC) project in Chittagong on Thursday, April 1, 2021 Courtesy The LIUPC project targets 3,200 beneficiaries across 700 households in Chittagong Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Mayor Md Rezaul Karim Chowdhury has said innovative and effective measures are required […]

Making LLA workable for the urban poor and cities

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Bridging  the gap between adaptation and development The First Gobeshona Global Conference held in January 2021, led by the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), marks the beginning of a ten-year journey to bring together local voices, women and youth living in vulnerable communities to participate more deliberately in taking the LLA agenda […]

Why India’s farmers fight to save a broken system

Jaswinder Singh Gill at his home in Amritsar, India, on Feb. 25, 2021. Gill had plowed 20 years of savings from an earlier career as a mechanical engineer into his family’s nearly 40-acre plot, but new laws could make the farm virtually unsustainable. (Rebecca Conway/The New York Times)

Jaswinder Singh Gill had ploughed 20 years of savings from an earlier career as a mechanical engineer into his family’s nearly 40-acre plot in the northwestern Indian state of Punjab, just a dozen miles from the border with Pakistan. He has eked rice out of the sandy, loamy soil with the help of generous government […]

Dhaka no longer world’s most polluted city, but air quality still ‘poor’

Dhaka no longer world's most polluted city, but air quality still 'poor'

Dhaka is no longer the world’s most polluted city, but that’s no good news for residents as it continues to dominate the list of world capitals with the worst air quality. On Thursday, the capital slipped to the fourth position in the list of cities with the worst air quality in the world, with Kyrgyzstan’s […]

Population below poverty line doubled, extreme poor trebled in 2020: SANEM

Population below poverty line doubled, extreme poor trebled in 2020: SANEM

On the other hand, average per capita health expenditure has increased for all households, with the increase being the greatest for moderately poor (97 per cent) and non-poor (104 per cent) households. This study also attempted to assess the inequality in access to online (TV, Internet etc.) education for students: the findings suggest that 19 […]

SANEM survey: Population below poverty line doubled, extreme poor trebled in 2020

SANEM survey: Population below poverty line doubled, extreme poor trebled in 2020

The South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM) on Saturday said the percentage of the population living below the poverty line (upper poverty line) has nearly doubled from 21.6% in 2018 to 42% in 2020, while the percentage of extreme poor (lower poverty line) trebled from 9.4% in 2018 to 28.5% in 2020. Executive Director […]

Expand ₹500/month Cash Transfer to Poor Non-farmer and Urban Households

Expand ₹500/month Cash Transfer to Poor Non-farmer and Urban Households

By Dr. Arjun Kumar and Ritika Gupta Delivering a Special Lecture organized by the Center for Work and Welfare (CWW) at Impact and Policy Research Institute (IMPRI) on Labour, Employment and Pandemic: Policy Suggestions and Way Forward for Budget 2021, Dr. Santosh Mehrotra, Retired Professor of Economics, Centre for Informal Sector and Labour Studies at the […]

Climate disasters bring catastrophic results for rich, poor nations in 2020

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Published: December 29, 2020 20:39:22 Disasters fuelled by weather and climate extremes brought “catastrophic results for millions” across rich and poor nations in 2020, causing thousands of deaths and tens of billions of dollars in losses, charity Christian Aid said on Monday. In a report, the aid agency identified 15 of the most destructive climate […]

Addressing financial needs of the poor

How extreme weather emptying Bangladesh's villages

Shahiduzzaman Khan   | Published: December 19, 2020 22:45:59 Transformation of the microfinance institutions is inevitable considering rural economic growth and financial inclusion requirements of Bangladesh where some 50 per cent of the adult population remain unbanked, according to experts.  Microfinance institutions in Bangladesh for years havecontributed positively to financial inclusion, savings and lending, especially […]