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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

by Shai Venkatraman Inter Press Service January 6, 2015

Watching Bittal Devi deftly weave threads of different colours into a vibrant patchwork quilt, it’s hard to imagine that this 46-year-old’s hands have spent the better part of their life cleaning toilets.Born in Sava, a village in the state of Rajasthan in northwestern India, Devi is from a comm...

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

by Irfan Ahmed Inter Press Service January 3, 2015

Children are bearing the brunt of the drought in Tharparkar, often the first to fall victim to diarrhoea and pneumonia brought on by malnutrition, Pakistan, Jan 3 2015 (IPS) - The main entrance to the Civil Hospital in Mithi, headquarters of the Tharparkar district in Pakistan’s southern Sindh Pro...

Vaccine aide gunned down in Pakistan

by Salmon Masgood New York Times December 28, 2014

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A health worker supervising a polio vaccination campaign was fatally shot and two others were wounded on Saturday when gunmen opened fire at a hospital in northwestern Pakistan, officials said....

Hungry for justice: Social mobilization on the right to food in India

by Shareen Hertel Development and Change December 15, 2014

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WTO seeks efforts for permanent deal on food security

by Asit Ranjan Mishra Live Mint November 22, 2014

A deal between India and the US to end the stalemate over the Bali trade package has raised the possibility of a permanent solution to the issue of public stockholding for food security purposes by the end of next year....

WTO seeks efforts for permanent deal on food security.

by Asit Ranjan Mishra Live Mint November 22, 2014

A deal between India and the US to end the stalemate over the Bali trade package has raised the possibility of a permanent solution to the issue of public stockholding for food security purposes by the end of next year....

US-India agreement on stockpiles of food revives a trade deal

by Neha Thirani Bagri New York Times November 13, 2014

MUMBAI, India — India and the United States reached an agreement on Thursday over food stockpiles, removing a major obstacle to a global trade deal that has been stalled for months....

US gives $27 million to help children in Laos eat and learn in school

by World Food Program Thompson Reuters November 3, 2014

VIENTIANE - The U.S. Ambassador to Laos PDR, Daniel Clune, announced today that the U.S. government, through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), would support WFP's mid-morning snack and lunch programmes in Laos with US$27 million to assist more than 170,000 children over the next th...

Families who live on ‘chars’ – river islands formed from sedimentation – are extremely vulnerable to natural disasters. This family wades through floodwaters left behind after heavy rains in August caused major rivers to burst their banks in northern Bangladesh. Photo: IRIN News

Bangladeshi ‘char dwellers’ in search of higher ground

by Naimul Haq IRIN News October 27, 2014

ahanara Begum, a 35-year-old housewife, is surrounded by thatched-roof homes, all of which are partially submerged by floodwater.Heavy rains throughout the monsoon months, beginning in August, left thousands of people in northern Bangladesh homeless or in dire straits as the mighty Brahmaputra, Dhar...

Malala Yousafzai says she yearns to be ‘normal,’ despite fame — and now Nobel

by Richard Leiby and Karla Adam Washington Post October 10, 2014

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