Changing Food Systems & Inequality: Implications for Food Security and Public Policy in Brazil, India, Mexico, and South Africa

New research from the ECSN BRICSAM program finds that the globalization of agri-food systems in Brazil, India, Mexico and South Africa has created opportunities for only a few – often landowners or those with access to capital – but has simultaneously increased gender, spatial and economic inequality, particularly in terms of increased marginalization of smallholders. […]

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India‘s elections and new challenges

India’s Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher or even Adolf Hitler – these are the comparisons that have been made to refer to a new designated Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. He became known for the economic success of Gujarat state under his governance, but also for not stopping the 2002 massacre of mainly Muslim population […]

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India elections: How can a new government close the inequality gap?

Taxes: Change a Structure that Spares the Rich and Burdens the Poor Decades of rapid economic growth have tremendously benefited to a few, while a majority of Indians have hardly benefited. As India goes to the polls, it is time to ensure that resources required to create a level ground are equitably raised. It is […]

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Closing the Gap in India

Today’s guest blogger Amit Sengupta of Oxfam India reports on a groundbreaking public debate on inequality that took place in New Dehli Townhall last October. Bridging the growing divide between the rich and the poor is as much a challenge today as reducing poverty. It is now clear that our focus must increasingly be on diminishing the […]

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Let’s Talk about Inequality

To create dialogue on inequality and social exclusion in India, Oxfam convened a townhall meeting on October 2013. The panelists who participated in the event were: Kiran Karnik – Chairman, Oxfam India Board Malvika Rai – President, FICCI Ladies Organization Gul Panag – Actor and Activist Pat Mclaughlin – Educational Advisor, British Council Prof. Amitabh Kundu […]

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Does Increasing Public Investment in Access to Health Care Reduce Inequalities?

Focusing on four of the BRICSAM countries – Russia, India, China, and Indonesia – Oxfam and its partners will conduct a study with the hope of contributing evidence to the debate on how investment in public health services can reduce inequality – particularly economic inequality, gender and ethnic inequality and inequality in terms of access […]

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India: Moving towards equal opportunities for all?

“In India… we must aim at equality. That does not mean and cannot mean that everybody is physically or intellectually or spiritually equal or can be made so. But it does mean equal opportunities for all, and no political, economic, or social barriers.” Jawaharlal Nehru, The Discovery of India. Decades of rapid and unequally shared […]

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India to grow at not less than 5.5%: fm | The brics post

Public sector companies, “most of whom have strong balance-sheets” will be asked to raise funds overseas via quasi-sovereign bonds, said Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram. In an interview to Indian business daily The Economic Times, the finance minister said US Federal Reserve Chief Ben Bernanke’s statements have added to the “confusion” for which emerging markets have paid heavily. “With […]

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