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Building in the city of Hefei next to surrounding fields – as China’s urbanisation continues at breakneck speed, will its agrarian resources be hit? Photograph: AFP/Getty Image

Building in the city of Hefei next to surrounding fields – as China’s urbanisation continues at breakneck speed, will its agrarian resources be hit? Photograph: AFP/Getty Image

China's urban sprawl raises key question: can it feed its people? Plans for air hub twice the size of Heathrow will destroy hundreds of farms near Beijing as observers warn unchecked urbanisation will affect food production Jonathan Kaiman The Guardian February 15, 2015

Former movie star Jayalalitha Jayaram, pictured in graffiti, was convicted on corruption charges and forced to step down. Photo Annie Gowen/Washington Post

Former movie star Jayalalitha Jayaram, pictured in graffiti, was convicted on corruption charges and forced to step down. She continues to run the government even though she has not left her house since she was released on bail in October. Photo: Annie Gowen/The Washington Post

Ex movie star and convicted politician still running her Indian state Annie Gowen Washington Post February 16, 2015   See HN special report Harmful economic systems: Obtaining income

Picture of man standing in an unfinished apartment. Photo: Graham Crouch for The New York Times

Neeraj Jagga bought this apartment in a 4,000-unit complex near New Delhi but said construction had barely progressed in three years. The developer, Kabul Chawla, has been the subject of numerous consumer complaints. Photo: Graham Crouch/ New York Times

Amid complaints in India, a real estate deal in Manhattan Stephanie Stall and Louise Story New York Times February 9, 2015 See more in this series Towers of secrecy: Streams of wealth flow to elite New York real estate  See HN special report Harmful economic systems: Obtaining income

Children play on a slide in Taoranting Park in Beijing on Jan. 23.  Photo: Wu Hong/European Pressphoto Agency

Children play on a slide in Taoranting Park in Beijing on Jan. 23.  Photo: Wu Hong/European Pressphoto Agency

‘One is enough’: Chinese families lukewarm over easing of one-child policy Simon Denyer Washington Post January 25, 2015

Three children on burros in the Tharparker region of Pakistan. Photo: Irfan Ahmed/IPS

Children are bearing the brunt of the drought in Tharparkar, often the first to fall victim to diarrhoea and pneumonia brought on by malnutrition. Photo: Irfan Ahmed/IPS

Children starving to death in Pakistan’s drought-struck Tharparkar District Irfan Ahmed Inter Press Service January 3, 2015

A Dalit woman stands outside a dry toilet located in an upper caste villager’s home in Mainpuri, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Photo: Shai Venkatraman/IPS

A Dalit woman stands outside a dry toilet located in an upper caste villager’s home in Mainpuri, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The village has witnessed major violence against those who have tried to leave the profession of ‘manual scavenging’. Photo: Shai Venkatraman/IPS

India’s ‘manual scavengers’ rise up against caste discrimination Shai Venkatraman Inter Press Service January 6, 2015 See HN special report Harmful economic systems: Restricting entry

WTO seeks efforts for permanent deal on food security   Asit Ranjan Mishra Live Mint November 22, 2014 US-India agreement on stockpiles of food revives a trade deal Neha Thirani Bagri New York Times November 13, 2014  See Hunger Notes special report Trade and Hunger

 

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