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Home is where the hearth is...

Even though I was born and raised in Dhaka, an urban jungle of almost 15 million people, and where traces of greenery is now almost non-existent, like all other Bengalis when asked where I am from, I identify myself as coming from a small village in northern Bangladesh – a place where my father was born and where we still own…


Posted on March 17, 2010 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Satellite monitoring for a better response

The outlook for food security situation in Tajikistan is rather bleak and has been for a while now. The UN classifies 54% of the total population as living in unfavorable

food security situation. Of this population

group, the WFP lists 9% to be in severe food insecurity, while another 22% to

be in moderate insecurity. Numerous studies evince that most of the population is

spending more than half their income on food (for the most vulnerable…


Posted on March 16, 2010 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Flies keep buzzing!

According to a recent government decree, from January 2010 no one in the City of Dushanbe can have livestock including live poultry in their house. The reasoning being such practices were leading to high incidence of flies, which according to the Ministry of Health can cause and transmit disease. The KGB or what used to be the KGB is actively enforcing the decree strictly penalizing violators. Laudable or laughable, you decide.

Live animals in households are a common sight…

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 8:26pm — 1 Comment

Understand Today's Reality - Select Food Security Indicators for Tajikistan

Food Deprivation: percent of total population
Chronically food insecure 10%
Highly vulnerable 17%
Borderline* cases 27%

*- easily becomes food insecure when affected by shocks such as natural disasters, crop failures, debts, etc.

Diet Composition: (Share…

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 8:07pm — 1 Comment

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