India announces changes to its subsidies; will hand out cash to its poor

by Rama Lakshmi Washington Post February 28, 2011

The Indian government provides subsidies on food grains and cooking gas for the poor through the Public Distribution System. The government in Panchkula District, Haryana is piloting a biometric system which recognizes fingerprints in place of the tr...

North Korea sends SOS to world to feed its starving people

by Kim Sengupta The Independent February 11, 2011

In a dramatic and poignant sign of a state nearing collapse, North Korea has asked its embassies to appeal to foreign governments for aid to feed a population close to starvation....

Farmers plant onions in Jalgaon, India. The lack of basic farm equipment and infrastructure has held back production, even as the demand for food has risen greatly.  Photo: Kuni Takahashi/New York Times

Galloping growth, and hunger in India

by Vikas Bajaj New York Times February 11, 2011

BAMNOD, India — The 50-year-old farmer knew from experience that his onion crop was doomed when torrential rains pounded his fields throughout September, a month when the Indian monsoon normally peters out....

How India feeds 120 million kids a day

by Ben Arnoldy Christian Science Monitor February 9, 2011

BERI, INDIA — Shamvir Singh says he downs a glass of milk before walking to school, but when asked what else he eats at home, the 12-year-old droops his head in silence....

A destitute woman with her newborn baby. Photo: Parth Sanyal/Reuters

India court orders Dehli government to provide shelters for destitute pregnant women so that they can receive care while giving birth

by Nilanjana Bhowmick February 3, 2011

n January, Shanti Devi, a woman living below the poverty line, died after giving birth to a premature baby. She had not eaten for three days before her delivery. A few months later, Fatima, 24, a destitute woman who suffered from epilepsy, was forced...

In China, human costs are built Into an iPad

by Charles Duhigg and David Barboza New York Times January 25, 2011

The explosion ripped through Building A5 on a Friday evening last May, an eruption of fire and noise that twisted metal pipes as if they were discarded straws....