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January, 2013
Dear Naresh,Top

For agriculture to contribute to sustainable global development, it must reduce its dependence on non-renewable energy sources. Worldwide, agriculture contributes between 14 and 30 percent of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions, depending on the calculation. That's more than every car, train, and plane in the global transportation sector.
The good news? Agriculture can play a large role in reducing global fossil fuel emissions: the UN Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that the sector could mitigate its carbon dioxide emissions by 80 to 88 percent. As we outlined in our recent report, Supporting Climate-Friendly Food Production, farmers can reduce their emissions by adopting efficient irrigation technologies, switching to low-carbon energy sources (e.g., wind- and photovoltaic-powered pumps, solar dryers, and small hydro), reducing chemical inputs, and minimizing post-harvest food loss.

In 2013, we will work with our colleagues in Worldwatch's Climate and Energy Program to encourage the adoption of energy-efficient farming practices and renewable energy technologies in India, the world's second largest agricultural producer. Today, Indian agriculture consumes a quarter of the country's electricity and directly emits 334 million tons of carbon dioxide annually. By raising awareness among farmers about energy-efficient agricultural techniques and working with Indian social entrepreneurs to increase farmers' market access to renewable technologies, we hope to help shrink India's agricultural carbon footprint. 

If you know of any on-farm or small-scale renewable energy projects that have helped farmers reduce their reliance on fossil fuels, we would love to hear from you! Send us your comments to foodandag@worldwatch.org.

All the Best,
Laura Reynolds and Sophie Wenzlau
Food and Agriculture Program
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From the deadlock in the U.S. Farm Bill to enduring global drought, 2012 was an eventful year for food and agriculture. Although agricultural issues might not be sexy, they are worth caring about. The way we choose to grow, process, distribute, consume, and legislate on behalf of food can affect everything from public health to greenhouse gas emissions, global food availability, water quality, and the ability of our food system to withstand climatic shocks. By familiarizing ourselves with food issues, we can generate the action needed to move our food system in a more sustainable direction. 

The global mean temperature is now approximately 0.8 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, and it continues to rise. In a recent report prepared for the World Bank, researchers with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Climate Analytics examine what the world would look like if it warmed another 3.2 degrees Celsius. The authors' warnings about projected impacts on agriculture are particularly concerning given that, irrespective of climate change, a growing human population is projected to put unprecedented strain on the global food system. 
Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, produces roughly a quarter of the U.S. natural gas supply. The practice uses pressurized fluid to release trapped oil or natural gas from a well, and has been praised for lowering energy prices. But concerns about fracking's impacts on human health and the environment have led many to question its expansion. Evidence of fracking's damaging impact on food production is accumulating across the United States, including in the state of Colorado, and concern is growing as it expands worldwide. 

In November 2012, Nourishing the Planet's Victoria Russo spoke with Larry Laverentz, a program manager with the Refugee Agricultural Partnership Program, about his efforts to educate and support refugee farmers in the United States. Laverentz has been involved in agriculture for most of his life, from growing up on a cattle farm to working as an agriculture volunteer in Vietnam.

In the recently released book, The Global Farms Race: Land Grabs, Agricultural Investment, and the Scramble for Food Security, authors Michael Kugelman and Susan L. Levenstein are among the first to examine the burgeoning and complex trend of land grabbing and its implications for investors, host countries, and the world as a whole. The authors note that these land transactions occur most frequently in developing countries where governments lack transparency or accountability. These countries attract investors with financial incentives such as low taxes or inexpensive labor, but provide little support for local populations that are displaced or otherwise negatively affected by the land sales. As such, land grabs often become a "race to the bottom" to attract wealthy investors. 
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In Web and media coverage, our op-ed on the benefits of using renewable energy in agricultural production was published on RenewableEnergyWorld.com. Our research on land grabs was featured in the Inter Press Service, while our latest report, Supporting Climate-Friendly Food Production, was featured on Voice of America.
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Instituto Cervantes Nueva Delhi Instituto Cervantes  
  18 de Enero de 2013 / 18th January 2013
Español para Fines Específicos
Cine y Literatura: Taller Creativo
CURSO DE DIEZ SEMANAS: 10 sesiones (3 horas por sesión) Desde el 18 enero al 22 marzo
Viernes 17:30-20:30
Este curso está diseñado para descubrir y practicar cómo se producen los textos literarios y el cine, con especial énfasis en la mejora de su escucha y expresión oral. Cinco horas a la semana que te llevarán más cerca de la literatura hispánica y el cine de una manera divertida y entretenida. ¡Descubre el escritor español que hay dentro de ti! Nivel mínimo de español requerido: A2 completado
Precio del curso: 4.950 EUR
Último día de inscripción 16 de enero
Cultura y civilización: Aspectos de la América Latina a través de obras literarias y visuales
CURSO DE DIEZ SEMANA: 10 sesiones (3 horas por sesión) Desde el 24 enero al 4 abril
Jueves 16:30-19:30
¿Cómo fue el cambio político y social que siguió a la revolución cubana de 1959 que influyó a las obras literarias y visuales latinoamericanas? ¿Cómo han evolucionado las tendencias literarias y visuales en ese lado del mundo? ¿Quiénes son los principales exponentes de su pensamiento creativo? ¿Qué papel jugaron los medios de comunicación de masas, y las telenovelas en particular, desempeñado en la creación de nuevas formas de narrativa visual? Este curso tiene como objetivo  un viaje desde la segunda mitad del siglo 20 hasta la actualidad ofreciendo una visita guiada sobre cómo la cultura y las ideas de los países de habla hispana de América Latina han evolucionado. Esto se hará a través de discusiones sobre literatura, cine y televisión (telenovelas en particular). Vamos a explorar una variedad de cánones de la literatura, el pensamiento creativo, el cine y la televisión que llevaron a la creación de nuevas formas de narrativa visual que lleguen a la sociedad en su conjunto. Una selección de lecturas y material visual de las películas y series de televisión se utilizarán como base para el análisis y discusión de los principales temas del curso. El curso también pretende ampliar el conocimiento de los estudiantes sobre la cultura y las ideas de esta tierra de habla española. Nivel de español mínimo requerido: B1 completado.
Precio del curso: 4.950 EUR
Último día de inscripción 23 de enero
Comercial y Jurídico Español
CURSO DE CINCO SEMANAS: 20 sesiones (3 horas por sesión) Desde 4 febrero al 8 marzo
Lunes, Martes, Miércoles y Jueves 17:30-20:30
El objetivo de este curso es mejorar la comprensión y la comunicación en lengua española en el sector empresarial en España y América Latina e incrementar el vocabulario y otros métodos de expresión y comprensión del español, adaptado a la realidad comercial y legal. El objetivo final es asegurarse de que el estudiante se encuentre suficientemente equipado para trabajar con empresarios españoles y profesionales del derecho. El curso constará de dos partes: una parte que es comercial, en donde los aspectos teóricos (económicos) y los aspectos prácticos (análisis, negociación y presentación) serán tratados. La otra es la legal en cuanto a los tipos de contratos y la constitución legal de las empresas. El alumno aprenderá a desarrollar sus estrategias para el debate y también su estructura lingüística para resolver situaciones en los antecedentes comerciales y legales en un país de habla española. Este curso se ofrece a estudiantes y profesionales españoles (empresarios y profesionales del derecho) que poseen un conocimiento nivel intermedio de español y desean mejorar su interacción verbal y social en los niveles económicos y legales. A parte de el estudio de las realidades comerciales y legales, el estudiante mejorará sus habilidades y conocimientos léxicos de la lengua española. Nivel de español mínimo requerido: B1 completado.
Último día de inscripción 31 de enero
Spanish for Specific Purposes
Cinema and Literature: Creative Workshop
TEN- WEEK COURSE: 10 sessions (3 hours per session) From 18 January to 22 March
Friday 17:30-20:30
This course is designed as a means to discover and practice how literary and film texts are produced with a special focus on improving your listening and oral skills. Five hours a week will bring you closer to Hispanic literature and cinema in a fun and entertaining way. Discover the Spanish writer within you!Minimum Spanish level required: A2 completed
Last Day of Enrollment 16 Jan
Culture and civilization: Aspects of Latin America through Literary and Visual works 
TEN-WEEK COURSE: 10 sessions (3 hours per session) From 24 January to 4 April
Thursday 16:30-19:30
How did the political and social change that followed the Cuban revolution of 1959 influence Latin American literary and visual works? How have literary and visual trends evolved in that side of the world? Who are the main exponents of its creative thinking? What role did mass media, and soap operas in particular, play in the creation of new forms of visual narrative? This course aims to take us on a journey from the second half of the 20th century until the present day offering a guided tour on how the culture and ideas of the Spanish speaking countries of Latin America have evolved. This will be done through discussions of literature, cinema and television (soap operas in particular). We will explore a variety of canons in literature, creative thinking, cinema and television which led to the creation of new forms of visual narrative that would reach society as a whole. Selected readings and visual material from movies and TV series will be used as a basis for analysis and discussion of the course’s main subjects. The course also aims to extend the students’ knowledge about the culture and ideas of this vast Spanish speaking land. Minimum Spanish level required: B1 completed.
Last Day of Enrollment 23 Jan
Commercial and Legal Spanish
FIVE-WEEK COURSE: 20 sessions (3 hours per session) From 4 February to 8 March
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 17:30 to 20:30
The objective of this course is to improve the comprehension and communication in Spanish language in the business sector in Spain and Latin America and increase the vocabulary and other methods of expression and comprehension of Spanish, adapted to the commercial and legal reality. The final objective is to make sure that the student finds him/herself equipped enough to work with Spanish businessmen and legal professionals. The course will consist of two parts: One part which is Commercial, wherein the theoretical aspects (economic) and practical aspects (analysis, negotiation and presentation) will be dealt with and the other which is Legal regarding the types of contracts and the legal constitution of companies. The student will learn to develop his strategies to debate and also his linguistic structure to resolve situations in the commercial and legal backgrounds in a Spanish speaking country. This course is offered to Spanish students and professionals (businessmen and legal professionals) who possess an intermediate level Spanish knowledge and wish to improve their oral and social interaction in the economic and legal backgrounds. While studying the commercial and legal realities, the student will improve his/her lexical skills and knowledge of Spanish language. Minimum Spanish level required: B1 completed.
Last Day of Enrollment 31 Jan

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Charity drive associated with Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon

Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, India’s largest charity raising platform registers a record breaking performance!
United Way of Mumbai, official charity partner for the 10th edition of SCMM, has already logged Rs 14.5 crore for 232 NGOs. Expects the figure to cross Rs 17.5 crore
Over nine years, the charity drive associated with the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon has seen a phenomenal growth and the event now stands unsurpassed and unchallenged the country’s largest charity raising platform.
Over nine years the event has helped raise around Rs 71.07 crore towards charity, benefitting hundreds of NGOs and touching the lives of countless individuals. What began as a novel and unique concept in 2004 was soon embraced by people from all walks of life who, in their own way, made efforts to raise money for charity.
The figures raised for charity through the event has seen a meteoric rise, from Rs 1.44 in 2004 to Rs 4 crore in 2005, Rs 4.5 crore in 2006, Rs 7.94 crore in 2007, Rs 8.05 crore in 2008, Rs 7.75 crore in 2009, Rs 9.16 in 2010, Rs 12.16 crore in 2011 and Rs 16.07 in 2012.
The year, through the 10th edition of the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, United Way of Mumbai expects the figure raised for charity to cross Rs 17.05 crore. This confidence stems from the fact that they have already logged Rs14.4 crore for 232 NGOs and this been possible through the support of 166 companies, fielding 257 teams, 2620 charity fund raisers and above 24,000 donors. United Way of Mumbai serves as the cause neutral credible charity facilitator for the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon.
Jayanti Shukla, Executive Director, United Way of Mumbai says, “as charity partners for the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, we are witnessing an amazing response from Mumbaikars. Corporate czars, film stars, students and working professionals – people across the spectrum have shown enthusiasm in running for a cause they truly believe in and raise funds for it. It is a proud moment for the city and brilliantly showcases it philanthropic spirit.”
“It gives us at Procam International an immense sense of satisfaction and fulfillment to have created a property that can inspire so many individuals and companies to make selfless efforts towards raising money for causes of their choice. Over the years the money raised through charity has helped alleviate the difficulties of thousands of individuals and, along with United Way, all efforts will be made to keep raising the bar with every edition,” says Vivek Singh, Jt. Managing Director, Procam International, the promoters of the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon.
Some of the most inspirational stories around the charity effort are showcased below:
Rahul Kadri for Save the Children, India
For Dream Champion, Rahul Kadri, Managing Director, Kadri Consultants Pvt Ltd, this is the 5th year of his association with SCMM. “It has been a great focal point in my life and a catalyst to raise my fitness level from near zero to having a target of running the half marathon this year in less than 2 hours, barefoot. It’s a wonderful opportunity for collecting funds for my favourite charity – ‘Save The Children India’. Over the years I have raised over 60 lakh, benefiting thousands of children. The organisation of the Marathon is just amazing in its smoothness and a celebration for the entire city. The strong association with United Way of Mumbai and hundreds of charities is indeed truly inspiring! The benefit of the marathon goes far beyond the fitness levels of the participants to innumerable less privileged citizens greatly benefiting from the event.”
Shaantanu Mukherji For Salaam Bombay Foundation
Shaan, has been associated with the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, since 2011, when he was approached to record the event theme song which was used for the 8th edition of the race. Having raised Rs. 17 lakh last year Shaan says, “this year, for its 10th edition, I along with Salaam Bombay Foundation am raising funds to fulfill a 1000 Dreams of students who are pursuing their academics. We are raising funds to empower young minds and also give them enough strength to stay away from tobacco and other forms of substance abuse. I am running to create a stronger and healthier future for the next generation! “
Sunil Rawlani for Childline India Foundation
Taking his passion for running marathons to even a higher level is Sunil Rawlani, for whom it is the 8th year of participation. Training 6 days a week he plans to better his past record of 2 hours and 20 minutes for the half marathon. Supporting Childline India Foundation, he believes that every child belongs in a playground, a home and a school. He says, “I decided to work for underprivileged children and touch as many lives as possible in the most meaningful way. The cause keeps me committed. It’s great to be part of about 500 people training from Marine Drive to Worli Seaface or Juhu beach on Sunday morning at 6 a.m. It is inspiring when you find senior citizens making the effort.” He has raised over Rs. 26 lakh through these years.
Suranjana Ghosh for The Association of People with Disability
Courage personified is Dream Maker Suranjana Ghosh, a cancer survivor. An above knee amputee herself since she was 18, she is running and raising funds for ‘The association of People with Disability’, this year. “I never gave up on my dream of being a successful professional. I did an MBA & went on to work for several multinationals, both in India & in the UK. The cause of education for physically disabled children from underprivileged backgrounds is of special importance to me. I believe that education & opportunities for employment for the physically challenged, help mainstream them into self-reliant, confident achievers – putting them on an even keel as the physically able.
Today, a successful senior executive, Suranjana is aiming to challenge her own physical limits. She believes, “the number of things you can do, will always be more than what you can’t, despite physical limitations. What matters is the access to opportunities.” This is her small way of making a difference.
Isha Jain for Isha Vidya
Into her third year, running the Dream Run, Isha Jain, a 15-year-old student, influenced by her parents, has decided to raise funds this year. She says, “I organized myself for the Dream Wizard challenge. With the help of my parents, I wrote to about 300 people, called dozens of them, followed up constantly on email, Facebook and met many for a face to face talk. The convenience of having an online donation page by United Way was a boon for closing on the collections! To make sure I’m doing everything I can to help these children, I have asked all of my friends to donate to Isha Vidhya, instead of giving me a gift on the 20th of January 2013, which happens to be my 16th birthday. I could not ask for a better birthday gift for myself than being instrumental in changing the lives of even a few of rural kids at Isha Vidhya.”
Siddhartha Dev for Center for Hearing Impaired Children
An employee of KPMG, Mr. Dev has been associated with SCMM and United Way for the last three years, and has raised around 17 lakh for Center for Hearing Impaired Children (CHIC), Jamshedpur. He says, “I wish to transform a child labeled ‘deaf & dumb’ into a talking youngster leading an independent and productive life. This can be done through concerted and committed efforts and use of modern day technology. Many people want to help but they just don’t know how to go about it. United Way and SCMM provides the platform, comfort and security that the money will not be misused and will reach the real beneficiaries. Most importantly, it gives me an opportunity to give back to the society and provides me with a goal to help me keep fit to a certain degree.
Meera Mehta for Shrimad Rajchandra Love & Care
The youngest Dream team participant of last year and this year, Meera has registered as a Dream Wizard this year. She says, “Last year I raised funds totaling to Rs. 1.5 lakhs. I saw the changes that the funds raised made to many lives and this inspired me to raise the bar for fund raising to Rs. 5 lakhs this year. What was amazing in my experience of fund raising this year was that many of my friends, relatives and people who were inspired by my efforts last year came forward on their own on their special occasions and pledged funds for Shrimad Rajchandra Love and Care. “ Her inspiration is her Guruji, Pujya Guruvevshri Rakeshbhai, who has instilled in her since childhood to help others in need.
They are just a few among the 2000+ fundraisers championing the cause of the various participating charities. United Way Mumbai in its role as the charity partner serves as the philanthropic exchange bringing together charities, corporate and individuals in a credible platform for giving. Each participating NGO undergoes a background due diligence process.
United Way of Mumbai is a premier non-profit organization that endeavours to leverage corporate, employee and leadership talent for community development. Through corporate gifts and employee giving campaigns, United Way of Mumbai seeks to successfully engage the corporate sector into meaningful Social Responsibility structures bringing about a positive and lasting change in the communities.
United Way of Mumbai is part of the 125 year old United Way worldwide movement of nearly 1,800 community-based United Ways in 41 countries and territories. The United Way movement mobilizes millions to action—to give, advocate and volunteer—to improve conditions in their communities
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Press Preview: 29th January 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
Public days: 30th january 2013 onwards
The winner of the 2013 Škoda Prize will be unveiled at a private awards ceremony on
1st February 2013 at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in New Delhi.
15 January 2013, New Delhi: The National Gallery of Modern Art and the Škoda Prize for Indian Contemporary Art are delighted to announce the opening of the 2013 Škoda Prize Show at the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi on 30th January 2013 (Press Preview on 29th January 2013).
The Škoda Prize Show will present a selection of works, curated by Girish Shahane (Director of Art –the Škoda Prize) from the 2013 Škoda Prize Top 20 finalists, showcasing some of the most exciting, and groundbreaking solo exhibitions by mid-career artists (under the age of 45) presented in India in the year 2012. Now in its third year, The Škoda Prize for Indian Contemporary Art, has earned a place as one of the most influential platforms for Indian contemporary art, recognising contemporary art practices that demonstrate a highly innovative use of form and material, as well as a mature engagement with contemporary culture.
The Škoda Prize Show is a rare occasion for audiences in India to experience some of the most impactful and cutting edge art practices that have been showcased in private and public arts institutions across the country over the past year. The annual exhibition has seen footfalls in the thousands over the past three years. The inclusion of the Škoda Prize Show in the prestigious programme of the National Gallery of Modern Art marks a high point in Delhi’s vibrant cultural calendar this winter, drawing the nation’s attention, and the global art community, to some of the most significant developments in contemporary art in India today.
“I believe that The Skoda Prize truly presents and supports the art of the “New Generation”. These are essentially artists who have emerged in the 1990s in India presenting their own practice by portraying the reality that they have experienced and depicting strongly their concerns as individuals. Art can no longer be compartmentalized into painting, sculpture, print making etc. Art is now breaking all previously laid out barriers and has diversified into a multitude of media such as installation art, video art, performance art, conceptual art and the new buzz of media art. These too have evolved and developed over a period of time. The artists have chosen to break away from the mould of the existing art practices and have given birth to new approaches and genres in art previously not experienced and contrary to the popular belief contributing greatly to the value and the unconventional mode. I am truly delighted that the National Gallery of Modern Art. New Delhi, Ministry of Culture, Government of India is presenting the Skoda Prize Show. I am equally pleased that The Skoda Prize has established itself as a prestigious award for visual arts and it has evolved as a much awaited contemporary art exhibition in India.” - Prof. Rajeev Lochan (Director of the NGMA, New Delhi)
A winner will be selected from the Top 4 finalists in the running for the 2013 Škoda Prize (announced in November 2012), and will receive a cash prize of INR 10,00,000. Selections for the prize are submitted by an esteemed jury including art historian, Geeta Kapur, Director of the Devi Art Foundation, Anupam Poddar, artist Sheela Gowda and Swiss curator Mirjam Viradinis. The chief guest will be William Kentridge, South African artist of international acclaim. William Kentridge will present the trophy to this year’s winner and will join as the 5th member of the jury who will decide the winner of the 2013 Škoda Prize.
The winner of the Art India Breakthrough Artist Award (launched last year in order to create a platform for emerging artists as part of the Škoda Prize initiative) will be announced on the same day. The shortlisted artists for this year Prabhakar Pachpute, Ratna Khanna, Rohini Devasher and Yardena Kurulkar are eligible for the prize.
About The ŠKODA Prize:
The ŠKODA Prize is the most prestigious award on the Indian visual arts scene. It recognises cutting-edge work demonstrating vision, innovation, and a mature understanding of material and form. The Prize brings to public notice exciting trends in contemporary art, highlighting the output of established mid-career artists as well as new voices. It is backed by jurors of impeccable credentials, renowned patron institutions, a dedicated group of advisors, and a management team of proven capability. Nominees need to be below the age of 45, and should have had a solo show in the country over the last 12 months. The winner takes away the prestigious ‘The ŠKODA Prize Winner’ title and also receives a prize money of INR 10,00,000. Runners-up are invited to participate in international residencies supported by Prohelvetia, the Swiss Arts Council. Visited by thousands every year, The ŠKODA Prize Top 20 exhibition (which takes place alongside the India Art Fair in New Delhi) showcases country's most promising contemporary artists.
Juried by a panel of notable personalities and supported by museums and cultural institutions of international repute. In the past, renowned artists Marc Quinn, and Turner Prize winner Anish Kapoor have presented awards to past winners Mithu Sen (2010) and Navin Thomas (2011). The ŠKODA Prize is a Seventy EMG Arts Initiative.

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