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By Basudeb Guha-Khasnobis, Shabd S. Acharya, Benjamin Davis

This quantity discusses the importance of human rights ways to foodstuff and how it pertains to gender issues, addressing hyperlinks among starvation and the HIV/AIDS pandemic, agricultural productiveness and the surroundings.

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The second component is the national programme of nutritional support to primary education (NPNSPE), or the ‘midday meals’ (MDM), as it is commonly known. The MDM programme was started by the Tamil Nadu government in the 1980s but the NPNSPE, introduced in 1995, has the twin objective of improving the nutritional status of primary school-aged children and of increasing enrolment, regular attendance and retention in schools. The plan is based on foodgrains being supplied to the states free-of-charge, while the costs for transport from the FCI to schools and cooking are to be borne by the state governments.

6 million km in 1996/7. There was also an increase in railway routes, but nearly half of the villages are still isolated from the road or railway network. The storage capacity in the public sector went up from 7,000 tonnes in the 1950s to around 40 million tonnes in 2000/1. 4 million tonnes by March 2001. There has been considerable growth in agro-processing capacity and telecommunication facilities in rural areas. The Ministry of the Food Processing Industry and the National Horticulture Board have launched several incentive schemes to attract investment to food processing.

Total subsidies in the union budget alone (unrecovered cost of non-public goods) were estimated at Rs1,158 billion in 2003/4 (GoI 2005), including subsidies on liquefied petroleum gas and kerosene. Direct food and other assistance programmes Apart from food production and agricultural development programmes, the problem of food insecurity and malnutrition at the household level was tackled through measures such as direct food assistance, wage employment, food-for-work and certain other welfare schemes.

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