Mata Amritanandamayi Math has declared flood relief to the tune of Rs 50 crore for Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. This was announced at a press briefing held at Bangalore by Abhayamrita Chaithanya, pro-chancellor of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

For years, anti-poverty campaigners railed against low commodity prices, which depressed farmers' incomes in developing countries. In recent months, the world price of virtually all staples has shot up, but the activists are still not cheering. They worry that this boom (intensified by "green" subsidies for biofuel crops) may worsen poverty even more than low agricultural prices did.

The Government of Japan has decided to provide 340 million Japanese Yen as food aid grant to the Maldives. The Exchange of Notes between the Governments of Japan and Maldives was signed on September 15, 2009 at the Ministry of Foreign Affair.

As Number Of Starving People Hits All-Time High, Food Aid Is At 20-Yr Low: UN

London: Food aid is at a 20-year low despite the number of critically hungry people soaring this year to its highest level ever, the UN relief agency said on Wednesday.

Food security is defined as economic access to food along with food production and food availability. Agriculture in the SAR (South Asian Region) is caught in a low equilibrium trap with low productivity of staples, supply shortfalls, high prices, low

The Roman Catholic church has agreed to extend its help to the state which is struggling to ensure proper distribution of foodgrain to the poor and the needy in the wake of acute drought conditions in most parts of Jharkhand.

The draft of the National Food Security Act is going to be presented before Parliament in the winter session. This was one of the main promises made by the Indian National Congress in its manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections, 2009.

The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha today cancelled its much-hyped public meeting scheduled here in the afternoon because of the fresh bout of landslides that struck the hills.

The party top brass, however, continues to be tight-lipped on the expulsion of Jaswant Singh, who was elected MP from Darjeeling with Morcha support, from the BJP.

Controversies surrounding the midday meal scheme have prompted the state to consider handing over the job of preparing and distributing food among schoolchildren to the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon) and NGOs.

Iskcon is already in charge of midday meal in Bangalore, Karnataka, on behalf of the state government there.

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