drought

Gender-Just Food Security Dialogue

The India Food Security Portal organized a second national conference on ‘Gender Just Food and Nutrition Security in India’ on August 29, 2016 at the Indian Habitat Centre in New Delhi as a follow-up to an event on ‘Gender Just Food Security’ that was organized by IFPRI on December 14-15, 2015 in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

Drought and Gender Relations in Odisha

Agricultural production in Odisha is dominated by rice farming accounting for 46 percent of the area under cultivation and 79 percent of total food grain production. Generally, rice yields in Odisha remain low with high levels of poverty and farming systems are vulnerable to natural calamities, including droughts and floods.

Dialogue on Climate Change and Livelihood Adaptation in Gujarat

It is predicted that climate change and rising temperatures will increase the demand for water used in agriculture and in urban areas. This poses significant risks for the livelihoods of rural communities and the food security of urban populations. In order to address these risks there is a need to understand issues surrounding  water security in India.  For instance, options that address increasing water scarcity through better co-management of water at the river basin are needed in many water-stressed areas.

Demand for a Simple Weather Insurance Product

A recent paper in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics analyses whether demand for weather index insurance behaves as expected regarding price, the degree of basis risk (an index’s inability to accurately represent the individual losses of an insured farmer), and farmers’ risk aversion in Madhya Pradesh, India. This is relevant as farmers in India, especially smallholders, face significant income and livelihood risks from weather events.

Late arrival of the monsoon

As we have been discussing on the Food Security Portal, India has been experiencing an extensive drought that as of one month ago, had affected 330 million people according to the Indian Government. The drought has been caused by El Niño and the effects have been compounded by the previous two years of deficient rainfalls and record temperatures.

El Niño’s effects on cereal production

A new Policy Brief written by Paul Dorosh, Adam Kennedy and Maximo Torero has been published by IFPRI.  The brief, “El Niño and cereal production shortfalls: Policies for resilience and food security in 2016 and beyond” discusses the effects of the El Niño on cereal production across the impacted regions.   El Niño has not had the same impact all over the world.

El Niño’s effects on cereal production

A new Policy Brief written by Paul Dorosh, Adam Kennedy and Maximo Torero has been published by IFPRI.  The brief, “El Niño and cereal production shortfalls: Policies for resilience and food security in 2016 and beyond” discusses the effects of the El Niño on cereal production across the impacted regions.   El Niño has not had the same impact all over the world.

Drought affecting 330 million people

The Indian Government announced this week that around 330 million people, representing around a quarter of India’s population, are currently affected by drought. These drought conditions come on top of two consecutive years of rainfall deficits throughout India. The extent and severity of the drought varies significantly across India’s geography with 12 States across 256 districts experiencing extreme drought conditions.

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