Farm workers remove weeds from young plants at the palm oil plantation owned by Karuturi Global, near the town of Bako, in Ethiopia. Photograph: Jose Cendon/Getty Images

Indian investors are forcing Ethiopians off their land. Thousands of Ethiopians are being relocated or have already fled as their land is sold off to ...

by John Vidal The Guardian February 6, 2013

Ethiopia's leasing of 600,000 hectares (1.5m acres) of prime farmland to Indian companies has led to intimidation, repression, detentions, rapes, beatings, environmental destruction, and the imprisonment of journalists and political objectors, according to a new report....

The right to food in Bangladesh

by IRIN News January 22, 2013

DHAKA, 22 January 2013 (IRIN) - NGOs in Bangladesh are pushing for a constitutional amendment to guarantee the legal right to access food, or a food security “framework law” that will hold the state liable for any scarcity....

A farmer worked her land in the shadows of a lead factory in Hengyang, Hunan province, where scholars say soil pollution is especially acute. Photo:Sim Chi Yin/New York Times

Pollution rising, Chinese fear for soil and food

by Edward Wong New York Times January 1, 2013

CHENJIAWAN, China — The farm-to-table process in China starts in villages like this one in the agricultural heartland. Food from the fields of Ge Songqing and her neighbors ends up in their kitchens or in the local market, and from there goes to other provinces. The foods are Chinese staples: rice...

Woman dies after gang rape that galvanized India

by Heather Timmons and Sruthi Gottipati New York Times December 28, 2012

NEW DELHI — As protests grew in India Saturday over the death of a young woman who was raped in Delhi this month by several men in a moving bus, police said her attackers would be charged with murder....

A candlelight gathering after the cremation on Sunday blocked a road in New Delhi, the city where the Dec. 16 rape occurred. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Indian women march: “That girl could have been any one of us”

by Heather Timmons and Sruthi Gottipati New York Times December 28, 2012

NEW DELHI — Neha Kaul Mehra says she was only 7 years old the first time she was sexually harassed. She was walking to a dance class in an affluent neighborhood of New Delhi when a man confronted her and began openly masturbating....

Children of China’s ‘Immortals’ are new capitalist elite

by Bloomberg News Washington Post December 26, 2012

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Indian schoochildren receive a free midday meal at a government school in Jammau.  Photo: Washington Post

India wakes up to child malnutrition ‘shame,’ begins to make progress

by Simon Denyer Washington Post December 26, 2012

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Getting polio campaigns back on track (analysis)

by Donald G McNeil Jr New York Times December 24, 2012

How in the world did something as innocuous as the sugary pink polio vaccine turn into a flash point between Islamic militants and Western “crusaders,” flaring into a confrontation so ugly that teenage girls — whose only “offense” is that they are protecting children — are gunned down in...

Dangers on the streets of India, shape lives, stifle dreams of country’s young women

by Associated Press Washington Post December 20, 2012

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How real are Myanmar’s reforms?

by IRIN News December 19, 2012

The visit of US President Barack Obama to Myanmar on 19 November has renewed international interest in the country’s democratic reforms, but also skepticism about their impact on the lives of ordinary Burmese....

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