Asia

Implementing the right to food: The debate over India’s new national food security law

by Hunger Explained September 26, 2015

Also see Food and Agricultural Organization "State Food Provision as Social Protection: Debating India's national food security law" (80 page PDF) See Hunger Notes special report on the right to food...

Nearly $100 billion flowed iIllegally through Myanmar from 1960 to 2013

by Christine Clough Global Financial Integrity September 9, 2015

Illicit Outflows average 6.5% of Myanmar’s Official GDP; Technical Smuggling of Imports via Fraudulent Misinvoicing Accounts for 71.0% of Myanmar’s Illicit Inflows.Underground Economy Averaged 55.1% of Country’s GDP; Drives and is Driven by Illicit Flows...

India targets tax evaders who hide ‘black money’ at home and abroad. A new law imposing stiff tax penalties and up to 10 years in prison has creat...

by Rama Lakshmi Washington Post September 7, 2015

NEW DELHI — Among the pledges that propelled Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to power a year ago was one to bring home millions of dollars of illicit money the super-rich had stashed abroad....

Living like a fugitive: The attempted killing of a famed Pakistani newsman is one example of a widespread backlash

by Idrees Ali and Dana Priest Washington Post July 25, 2015

The most famous television journalist in Pakistan lives like a fugitive. Hamid Mir tells no one where he is going, how he will get there or where he will spend the night....

Syria increasingly disintegrates in crucible of war

by Ann Bernard New York Times July 15, 2015

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Syria is falling apart, as warring groups carve it into de facto fiefs, and it is increasingly hard to see how its disintegration can be reversed....

This is the Domiz camp in Iraq’s northern Kurdistan region. 1.6 million refugees living in countries nearby Syria had the per-capita ­ration allowance cut from $27 to $19 a month in December, and the amount will be reduced to $13.50 a month soon — half the calculated minimum that the refugees need to survive. Photo: IRIN News

UN slashes food aid to Syrian refugees

by Liz Sly Washington Post July 1, 2015

By Liz Sly July 1, 2015 BEIRUT — The United Nations said Wednesday that it is slashing food aid for Syrians because of funding shortfalls that are already deepening the suffering of millions of refugees from their country’s protracted civil war....

This Sept. 4, 2012 photo provided by the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee shows Sir Fazle Hasan during a visit to the BRAC School in the Karail slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh. (Photo: Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee via AP)

Bangladesh poverty group founder wins World Food Prize

by David Pitt AP July 1, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A man who created a nonprofit organization credited with helping more than 150 million people out of poverty was named the winner of the 2015 World Food Prize on Wednesday....

The first 1000 days

by Elizabeth Whelan Myanmar Times June 22, 2015

Conception to age two provides a once-in-a-lifetime ‘window of opportunity’ for mother-and-child nutrition. The Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT) launched a short video in Yangon on the importance of good nutrition in a child’s first 1000 days, supporting the Scaling Up Nutrition...

North Korea says it’s facing its worst drought in a century

by Choe Sang-hun New York Times June 17, 2015

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea is in the midst of a severe drought, its state news agency reported, raising fears of worsening food shortages in the impoverished country, where child malnutrition is a persistent problem....

Tribal women collect bundles of “broom grass” from the hill slopes of the Niyamgiri range in Odisha, India Photo: Manip;adma Jena/IPS

Lessons from an Indian tribe on how to manage the food-forest nexus

by Manipadma Jena Inter Press Service May 19, 2015

RAYAGADA, India, May 19 2015 (IPS) - Scattered across 240 sq km on the remote Niyamgiri hill range in the eastern Indian state of Odisha, an ancient tribal group known as the Dongria Kondh have earned themselves a reputation as trailblazers....

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