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Responses to the drought in 2009

2009 is turning out to be a signficant drought year. While the government has been responding to the drought to some extent, the lack of a national strategy that can be rolled out quickly at scale is exposed. We also don't have a mechanism where we use whatever long-term forecasting tools are available and trigger pre-emptive measures when there is a high probability that a particular year is a drought year.

What effective measures are being rolled out right now ? Can we hear from rural NGOs across country on what they are seeing in their local areas in terms of drought effects and responses ?

Vijay Krishna

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1. Aidmatrix's Response to Drought

At Aidmatrix (India) (www.aidmatrix.org), we have realized that poverty-related hunger is not only drought-specific. In fact, one-quarter of the world’s hungry live in India, and 212 million Indians are undernourished-the highest number globally (China = 150 million). To alleviate hunger, we plan to open a network of food banks in the country. We have teamed up with The Global FoodBanking Network to do so.

Our work on food security will bring in not only food donations/subsidized rate foodstuffs, but will also solicit donations of seeds, etc, for farmers.

Aidmatrix would be happy to partner with related organizations such as Arghyam as, at the end of the day, our work intersects.

Thank you,
Kalpana Kaul
Executive Vice President, Aidmatrix India
kalpana_kaul@aidmatrix.org
P: +91 33 65360255 C: +91 9831177887
The Aidmatrix Foundation, Inc.
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