India ranks lowest in food sustainability

India ranks last among the 25 countries that were ranked according to their food system, as per a report by the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition and the Economist Intelligence Unit. The report ‘Fixing food – towards a more sustainable food system’ uses the Food Sustainability Index (FSI) and reports on the food system…

Safeguard land rights of indigenous and rural women, says study

Indigenous and rural women’s rights to the vital lands and resources, and their voices in the governance of these lands, have not earned significant attention in development circles, as per a recent report by the Right and Resources Initiative. The study titled Power and Potential: A comparative analysis of national laws and regulations concerning women’s…

Some basic employment, but a long way to go

As per a recent paper in Development Policy Review, 2017, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), in order to enhance food security and well-being through employment in India, needs to explore longer-term solutions for employment security. An investment of around 5.3 billion dollars which amounts to 0.3 percent of the country’s gross…

A global assessment of trees, forests and land use in drylands

The FAO has along with Google developed an economically feasible way of assessing trees, forests, land use and land-use change in any area of the world. The preliminary report of the first Global Drylands Assessment by FAO provides a baseline for monitoring and help in identifying priority intervention areas for land restoration. The full report…

The legal trajectory of land acquisition in India

Equitable and efficient acquisition of land by the state for economic development projects, including infrastructure and industry, is a huge challenge if it has to be socially inclusive, ecologically sustainable, politically feasible, and in accordance with the rule of law. The Centre for Policy Research (CPR), a leading public policy think tank in India has…