Karthik Madhavan

Hard-hit: With the Government hiking NREGS wages from Rs. 80 to Rs. 100 a day, farmers are concerned about labour shortage, as the harvest season is just a fortnight away

ERODE: Hike in National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) wage has got Erode farmers worried about labour shortage.

This report details the results of a community monitoring study aimed at investigating the use and impacts of pesticides in affected communities in Asia, and observance of the International Code of Conduct on the Distribution and Use of Pesticides (the Code of Conduct). The monitoring took place in the context of increasing use of pesticides and associated

Sarabjit Pandher

The Food Security Atlas of Rural Bihar is one of a series of eight Atlases produced by the Institute for Human
Development (IHD) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP). The other states covered in this series are: Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra,
Orissa, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh. The Atlases carry out a
district-level analysis of food security for each of these states.

Efforts to promote food security must distinguish between short-term and medium-term measures, but also between countries with agricultural potential and without such potential, argues this paper.

As NREGS is gaining popularity, finding labourers for farm work has become herculean task }
DO not implement the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) in the agriculture-intensive areas in the district, farmers here said in a petition submitted to District Collector P Umanath.

Whenever the farm crisis gets mentioned vis-

The relatively lower reduction of poverty in Orissa, 0.2 percentage points per annum from 48.6% in 1993-94 to 46.4% in 2004-05, has been a matter of concern. The current exercise attempts to analyse whether part of the explanation lies in the state of affairs in agriculture. An analysis for 2004-05 shows that incidence of poverty is 47% for rural and 44% for urban Orissa.

Farmers are not the only victims of the drought in Jehanabad, Bihar, with daily wage earners such as ropanis