Local Exchange Systems - Designing Community Incentives

The discussion paper, "Local Exchange Systems - Designing Community Incentives" pitches localisation as one of the systemic and strategic ways of building adaptive capacity of communities towards climate change and potential risks of economic globalisation. It examines the role of alternative economics to provide incentives in form of coupons, vouchers, tokens, rewards etc. to people for ecosystem regeneration, local production and consumption of goods and services.

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Livestock Position Paper

Rearing livestock in dry land regions has been developed by pastoralist communities over centuries and it is a complex Social–Ecological System (SES) with sub–systemic linkages, knowledge systems and institutions that maintain the resilience of dry land ecosystems. The Indian livestock sector contributes for 40 percent to the agricultural GDP in the semi-arid regions and 70 percent in the arid regions.

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Agricultural Ecologic Newsletter

         Rural communities face the daily reality of resource insecurity - a combination of scarcity (insufficiency inaccessibility and unavailability), vulnerability (weakness subject to damage and hazards) and stress (use exceeds availability). It is a very real condition of everyday life that relates to the communities’ reduced ability to cope with, anticipate and recover from any further detrimental impact.

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Food Nutrition Ecologic

Food is about agriculture, about ecology , about (wo)man's relationship with nature ... about nation-building, cultural struggles, friends and enemies ... and at times, even about sex said the food expert   Mark Kurlansky . And he couldn't have been more right.  In  our own experiences, upon deep reflection, we see that  food for mind,  food  for  the  body ,  and  the  food  for  spirit  drive  the  human  struggle  for  meaningful  existence.

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Alternate Energy Newsletter

What is freaking the world out of its mind is the specre of China’s and India’s poordeveloping  70% of half of the worlds population is poised for growth – which means, that much energy demand. . . and carbon emissions . The pressure on thenewly growing populations and countries, to switch to clean energy and adopt a low car on path, has thus become tremendous . India, declaring a 9% growth  rate, stands in the cr oss-hairs of this global pressure.

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Eco Logic Newsletter-June-2011

Scenario  1:    Food  prices  have  nearly  doubled  between  2004  and  2008  and continue to remain high. Prices of staples like wheat, rice and maize doubled and tripled  in  the  last  five  years. While a range  of factors  have contributed to  food  price rises,  financial  speculation  in  agricultural  commodities,  believe  many,  has magnified  market  volatility.

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