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Vertical farms

By Sudhirendar Sharma

A new book by Dickson Despommier posits the farm of the future as a vertical farm over 30 floors in any city centre. Powered by renewable energies a vertical farm could meet the food needs of 50,000 people, consume 70-95% less water, restrict the use of harmful agro-chemicals and ward off weather-related crop failures


UN report urges Asian nations to re-focus on agriculture

The UNDP's ‘Asia-Pacific Human Development Report 2006: Trade on Human Terms’ is an effort to look at trade in the region from a human development angle. Analysing the position of different countries in the region, with regard to food imports and exports, the report finds that the poorest countries in Asia have become the most dependent on agricultural imports for their basic food supply


47% of children in India are underweight: Unicef

Over half the world's underweight children live in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan, says a new Unicef report on the global progress on children's issues. About 5.6 million children worldwide die every year for lack of adequate nutrients


Malnutrition amongst Maharashtra's tribals: How bad is it?

By Pratibha Shinde

A survey of 22 tribal villages in Maharashtra's Nandurbar district throws up disturbing facts about levels of malnutrition among children. The root of the problem is the absence of sustainable livelihoods


644 farmer suicides in Maharashtra since 2001, says TISS report

A comprehensive socio-economic investigation into the issue of farmer suicides in Maharashtra by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences finds that while the victims hailed from diverse class, caste and income categories, the reasons for their poverty and indebtedness were remarkably similar


Mapping food insecurity

By Laxmi Murthy

The shift from a food deficient economy to a food surplus one has been cause for complacence in official circles. Yet, the absolute number of people living in impoverishment and the number of hungry and malnourished are on the rise


Mid-day meals responsible for leap in female enrolments in primary schools

A new study by the Centre for Equity Studies in Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Karnataka underlines the positive impact of the mid-day meal scheme


Cooked midday meals in only 12% of Maharashtra's surveyed villages

Even where cooked meals are provided, they do not meet the nutritional requirements stipulated by the Supreme Court, according to a survey of food security schemes in Maharashtra conducted by the Anna Adhikar Abhiyan Maharashtra


Food and education: Background considerations for policy and programming

Food helps children concentrate and improves their attendance and overall performance in schools. This report looks at the use of Food and Education (FAE) initiatives -- designed to take place before, during and/or after the period of food assistance -- that offer direct benefits towards bringing about both short and long-term changes in school students.


Food for All -- Can hunger be halved?

The report released during the World Food Summit in Rome, in November 1996, examines why so many people are still going hungry. It explores the links between hunger and poverty and the policies formulated to reduce both