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Global hunger index: Intersection of conflict and hunger
Without achieving food security, it will be difficult to build sustainable peace
India slips further in global hunger index (Image: Parij Borgohain, Pixabay)
Hand hygiene, a public policy issue
Interventions to promote hand hygiene should be designed based on an understanding of what people care about, says report on ‘State of the world’s hand hygiene’
Girls learn the value of hand-washing (Image: Kristen Kelleher, USAID, Pixnio)
Urgent action needed to embrace integrated water and climate policies
Asia suffered the highest economic losses from both floods and droughts compared to other regions in the last 50 years, says a report by the World Meteorological Organization.
Buildings and roads washed away, floods in Uttarkashi (Image: Oxfam International)
The smallholder's dilemma
The economic unviability of smallholder agriculture and the consequent agrarian distress
Smallholder farmers are pivotal to transforming the food systems (Image: Mahila Jagat Lihaaz Samiti)
India needs a comprehensive emissions database
India needs an official national emissions inventory for pollutants, as existing ones show 37% variation
Database needed to assess emissions from industries, power plants, road transport, domestic sources, and agricultural waste burning (Image: Pxfuel)
Social Stock Exchanges have evolved as a potential funding mechanism, says study
A framework study by Samhita of seven global exchanges and India’s proposed social stock exchange suggests that this could be a game-changer in the social impact segment.
SEBI Committee approves the creation of Social Stock Exchange in India (Image: Gerd Altmann-Pixabay)
Can weather index insurance be a win for all?
Insurance needs to be seen and understood from a resilience lens
Devastated onion farm during floods in Bihar, 2016. (Image: Dakshina Murthy/IWMI)
Over 500 million people in India exposed to sand and dust storms
Storms worsen air quality and degrade vast farmland areas, as per a new UN study that analyses the impact of sand and dust storms on health, clean energy, transport, glaciers, cities and agriculture in Asia and the Pacific.
Storms worsen air quality and degrade vast farmland areas, disrupt commercial flight services, lower the efficiency of solar power generation, and accelerate the melting of glaciers. (Image: ESCAP)
Does a drop per crop help groundwater extraction to stop?
This World Bank study from Andhra Pradesh found that drip irrigation did not limit groundwater exploitation. Farmers who had saved water continued to draw groundwater and sell it to farmers who were water constrained.
Groundwater depletion, a growing problem in India (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Understanding the thinking behind IEC in large programs
Lessons from the Swachh Bharat Mission experience
Pop culture icons like Gabbar Singh are painted on the walls of a toilet complex in New Delhi (Image: Project Raahat, Enactus)
Community videos: By the community, for the community
Community videos as a tool to influence behaviour change and adoption in rural communities
Community videos are produced by farmers themselves and feature local participants and agents from the rural communities themselves (Image: Digital Green)
Is climate action at scale a possibility?
Lessons from Meghalaya’s attempt to strengthen its frontline across the State
Stories of change from Meghalaya on moving towards “net-zero” emission commitments (Image: MBDA)
Youth climate leaders join hands with the UN in India to celebrate India's climate action
The United Nations in India launches its climate campaign, We The Change, to recognize and celebrate the green solutions pioneered by young people in India
There is a need for bolder climate action from people, communities and the national and state governments (Image: PxFuel)
Global warming can spell doom for India's freshwater fish!
Climate change is warming river waters and changing their flows. These changes can spell doom for fish that live in these waters.
Fish in the Tunga river at Sringeri (Image Source: Dineshkannambadi via Wikimedia Commons)
Shrinking forests, declining biodiversity - a ticking time bomb!
A fatal tick borne disease is on the rise in the Western Ghat states. Deforestation, declining biodiversity and increasing human animal conflicts are to blame.
The Western ghats forests, under threat (Image Source: India Water Portal)
The holy composting unit
While preventing nirmalya (religious waste) from being thrown in the rivers along the ghats of rivers in India is a dire need, so is increasing public awareness and citizen involvement on the issue, urges Jeevitnadi from Pune.
A composting unit installed in one of the temple premises in Pune (Image Source: Jeevitnadi Living River Foundation)
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