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Changing the Terms of the Discourse by Kumud Sharma

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Extracts from Women Speak

United Voices Against Globalization, Poverty and Violence in India

Structural Adjustment and Food Insecurity: Women’s Concerns and Demands

The Need for Food Security

The basic reason for our concern with food security is the fact that chronic hunger and malnutrition remains widespread in India. Even using the standards of the official poverty line, which itself is a very meagre income level, the number of poor people in India is huge and rising. The combined urban and rural poor population rose from 304 million in 1987–88 to 320 million in 1993–94 (or more than the population of the United States and Canada put together). The latest Planning Commission figures indicate that the number of rural poor increased by 70 million ...

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