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Livelihoods : Background & Perspective

By Mari Marcel Thekaekara

Several UN and world summits now accede that the achievement of sustainable livelihoods is intricately linked with the eradication of poverty. But between international and government fora where 'sustainable livelihoods' is the new buzzword and the situation at the grassroots is a huge gap. For a decade of structural adjustment and the development-at-any-cost doctrine have conspired to deprive millions of Indians -- adivasi tribals, marginal farmers, weavers and others -- of their traditional means of livelihood.