COASTAL ECONOMY
Seaweed farms promise livelihoods, biodiversity

With its potential to supplement incomes of fishermen and other communities along the nation's long coastline, seaweed cultivation is gaining momentum. Goa's first pilot farm is about to be launched.

#Biodiversity #Economy #Environment #GOA
RESPONDING TO CRISES
Laws for response to crises need reforms

The experience of women street vendors during and after the lock-downs shows that responses to crises mut be bound better by the law and rules, and strike a balance between different vulnerabilities.

#Urban Poor #Human Rights #Laws #Relief #Women
NUTRITION GARDENS
Local fields of health and livelihood

Odisha's Livelihood Mission promotes local gardens to help adivasis find food security. These also improve nutrition levels, and provide additional income from surplus produce.

#Adivasis #Child Health #Food Security #Women's Health #Health #ODISHA
INFORMAL WORKERS
Procedures, rules hinder access to social security

There are several government schemes to assist those who've lost their livelihoods from informal jobs, but many eligible workers find it difficult to register for benefits, despite court interventions.

#Labour Issues #Human Rights #Poverty #KARNATAKA
GENDERED IMPACTS
Six steps to help poor women withstand crises

In low-income families, women have faced more vulnerabilities than men during covid. These interventions could form the backbone of a new resilience for them now and in future disasters.

#Women's Health #Poverty #Women
FARMING DISTRESS
Lockdown, cyclones and maize farming in Odisha

Repeated natural disasters, closed mandis and a forced halt to transportation of produce have brought maize farmes in Nabarangpur and other districts to the brink of distress.

#Agribusiness #Agriculture #ODISHA
SELF-GOVERNANCE
Reversing the gaze on democracy

Can people themselves decide how governments should respond to their needs? Janta ka Faisla asks us to consider how the practice of democracy would look if it began from the most vulnerable citizens. 

#Urban Poor #Government #OP-ED #Poverty #CHHATISGARH
COVID IMPACT
How did low-income women fare during the pandemic?

A survey of nearly 15,000 women in the aftermath of the pandemic-induced lockdown last year reveals specific ways in which women are particularly vulnerable to risks.

#Women's Health #Poverty #Women
COVID IMPACT
Pandemic compounds Adivasis' long misery

Scheduled Tribes were marginalised even before Covid-19. Now, in Odisha's tribal districts, they face a worse reality. Livelihoods are vanishing, and health risks loom large.

#Adivasis #Public Health #Poverty #ODISHA
RECYCLING
Multi-layer packaging, multiple hurdles

Waste collection and recycling management of flexible and multilayer packaging are particularly challenging. At different stages of the recycling chain, solutions must be found.

#Urban Environment #Waste #Environment
RURAL LIVELIHOODS
Falling prices hit turmeric farmers hard

As Covid-19 rages through the rural areas, hundreds of thousands of tribal farmers in Odisha's Kandhamal district are selling their turmeric harvest at half the usual market rate. 

#Adivasis #Agriculture #ODISHA
WASTE MANAGEMENT
Decentralisation is better for developing economies

Urban waste continues to grow, and governments at different levels are responding with a range of approaches. There are several reasons to choose decentralisation.

#Urban Environment #Urban Poor #Waste #Environment
WOMEN ON BOARD
Delhi Metro : More than a mode of transport

The Metro network has quietly revolutionized women's travel in public transport, and given them a perceived notion of autonomy, along with scope for upward socio-economic mobility.

#Transport #Women #DELHI
MULTI-LAYERED PLASTICS
Inclusive design of new EPR regime is possible

Extended Producer Responsibility-based interventions can be designed to ensure that wastepickers and informal workers remain an integral part of the new regime too.

#Urban Poor #Waste #Environment #MAHARASHTRA
COVID LOCKDOWN
Pandemic diary : Part II - An uncertain kindness

Hundreds of millions were caught off-guard by the lockdown. As the government struggled to respond, it was up to citizens to recognise the humanity of each other and do what they could. 

#Food Security #Public Health #Urban Poor #Society

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