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The Intergenerational Cycle of Malnutrition and Ill-health

time  On 22 Aug 2017    user  Anushree Shiroor



In the interview Anushree says that malnutrition in the early years and inter-generational cycle of malnutrition leads to adolescent malnutrition in India. Data related to adolescent malnutrition is lacking in India and there is a need to include them in nutrition surveillance. Awareness about the policies among illiterate people is very important. She emphasises that India needs a multi-sector nutrition policy which is adequate and accountable.

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Organic Farming in India: Current Scenario and Future Prospects.

time  On 12 Jul 2017    user  Purvi Vyas


Purvi Vyas is an organic farmer. She has a background in Environmental Management and a few years of experience in environmental education. It was the gap between what she was preaching as an environmentalist and practicing in her personal life that made her take up organic farming....

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Dietary Transition: Implications for Nutrition

time  On 21 Feb 2017    user  Vani S. Kulkarni


Dr Vani took up the studies of diet diversification as it was found that poverty reduced sharply but undernourishment did not. She is of the opinion that with growing urbanisation and changing lifestyles our food has become more fat based. Obesity and underweight have to be tackled fast as these can ...

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Making Pulses Affordable in India

time  On 20 Jan 2017    user  Pramod Kumar Joshi


Pulses are considered to be a good source of proteins which can reduce malnutrition in India. There is a need to it affordable in the country. In the interview Dr Joshi points out the major reasons for the production of pulses to be stagnant and the policy recommendations for pulses sector.

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Reviving Pulses in India

time  On 20 Jan 2017    user  Satish Y. Deodhar


According to Dr Satish Deodhar, there has to be technological innovation in pulses also like wheat and rice. Pulses are environmentally friendly and sustainable crop and their social benefit is very high. Government can sell pulses for options on futures market.

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Pulse Production: Trends and Challenges

time  On 16 Nov 2016    user  K N. Ganeshaiah


In the interview Dr Ganeshaiah says Declaring 'International Year of Pulses' perhaps has more significance to, and is more pertinent to India. Because, as it’s people, the second largest in the world, derive their protein requirement almost entirely from pulses. Thus the country needs to take this opportuni...

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Nutritional Status in Maharashtra

time  On 05 Oct 2016    user  Manisha Karne


My observation is wherever the female literacy rate is low and the gender gap in literacy is high, the percent of women with anemia (with HB level of less than7) is also high. Literacy rate and infant mortality rate are inversely related indicating a direct link between the education level of women and child health status.

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Women and Nutrition Challenge in India

time  On 22 Sep 2016    user  Aparajita Chattopadhyay


In spite of the good economic growth, we failed to provide basic minimum facilities that can guarantee steady income and investment on education and health by every Indian and not by a selectively few. Neither reservation policy nor targeted programme can solve a deep-rooted problem like undernutrition in a mag...

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Poverty Measures, Indices and Concepts

time  On 15 Jul 2016    user  Udaya S Mishra


Apart from the measurement of income based poverty (which more precisely in the Indian context is consumption expenditure based poverty), there is increasing recognition and need for a multidimensional assessment of poverty. This approach lays emphasises on various non-monetary aspects linked to poverty and inc...

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Agricultural Prices and Food Policy

time  On 09 Jun 2016    user  CSC Sekhar


Supply-demand imbalance at a given time is the main problem in India. Not much can be done with demand, as increase and shifting patterns in demand are normal with economic growth and urbanisation. Stabilizing supply, within a range, is the key. Therefore, commodity-specific strategies are required to stabilize supply and prices.

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Water Scarcity and Food Security

time  On 12 May 2016    user  Narayan G Hegde


The big gap between the total water available and net usable water reflects on the poor status of water management, which needs to be addressed on priority. In conversation with Narayan Hedge.

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