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Shamsheer Yousaf

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About Shamsheer
Freelance multimedia journalist based out of Bangalore, India with over 8 years of experience. My work has appeared in Mint-Wall Street Journal, Conde Nast, Hindustan Times, Fountain Ink, The New Indian Express, and Deccan Herald. 

2015 Red Ink Award winner for Science and Innovation presented by Mumbai Press Club
2014 Society of Environmental Journalists grant winner for story on World's largest nuclear power plant
English Hindi Kannada
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast)
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Diverting Invasive Species To Solve Undernutrition

19 Jul 2023  |  science.thewire.in
Mark Morgan, an associate professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia, is exploring the use of invasive silver carp as a sustainable food source to address undernutrition in developing countries. Silver carp, considered a 'trash fish' in the US, has been successfully prepared in various cuisines and offers high protein content and essential nutrients. Morgan's team plans to fortify a Nigerian food product, Tom Brown porridge, with carp powder and conduct a taste test in Nigeria. Similar projects by Worldfish in Bangladesh and Odisha, India, have shown success using fish powder in meals for vulnerable populations.

Fusing Nature and Engineering to Save the Coast

17 Jul 2023  |  science.thewire.in
Coastal erosion is a significant issue globally, with 33% of India's coastline eroding. The 6th International EcoSummit in Australia focused on nature-based coastal defenses, such as living shorelines and artificial oyster reefs. Living shorelines, encouraged in the U.S., combine natural materials to support marine life and grow over time. In Australia, living shorelines have helped establish mangroves, which are crucial for coastal protection. Artificial oyster reefs, serving as natural breakwaters, have shown effectiveness in India and Bangladesh. The article also discusses the reversal of man-made changes, such as dykeing in Canada, and India's reliance on hard engineering solutions like seawalls and groynes, with a call for more environmentally friendly approaches.

Inside India’s illegal shark-fin trade

09 Feb 2022  |  scroll.in
In 2018, India's Wildlife Crime Control Bureau intercepted a large illegal shipment of shark fins at Navi Mumbai's Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust. Despite a ban on shark fin exports since 2015, the seizure of nearly 12,000 kg of fins from Global Impex Trading Company revealed a thriving black market. Investigations led to the arrest of the company's proprietor and associates, and further raids in Gujarat and Chennai. India, being the third-largest shark catcher globally, faces challenges in curbing the illegal trade due to high international demand, particularly from Hong Kong. The article highlights the discrepancy between reported exports and actual trade volume, the legal loopholes exploited by traders, and the need for stricter enforcement and protection of more shark species. It also touches on community efforts to shift away from shark fishing and government conservation schemes.

Your gourmet dinner is eating up the superfood of the poor

27 Oct 2021  |  Scroll.in
The growth of the fishmeal and fish oil (FMFO) industry in India, particularly in Andhra Pradesh, has led to a significant increase in the use of small fish for feed, impacting the availability and affordability of these fish for the poor. This shift has disrupted the traditional dried fish trade, affecting the livelihoods of small-scale traders and processors like Bhagyam. The FMFO industry, which has expanded rapidly due to the shrimp farming boom, is now cornering larger quantities of food fish, leading to a decline in the dried fish trade and affecting the nutrition of marginalized communities. The article highlights the economic and nutritional implications of this trend, as well as the challenges faced by those dependent on the dried fish trade for their livelihoods and sustenance.

In India’s T-shirt factory of the world, Covid-19 puts clock back 20 years on child labour

10 Oct 2021  |  South China Morning Post
The Covid-19 pandemic has significantly reversed progress in eradicating child labour in Tiruppur, India's largest garment hub. Despite previous successful campaigns to create Child Labour Free Zones, economic pressures and school closures have led to a resurgence of child labour. The garment industry, which exports to major global brands, has seen children being employed to cut costs. Non-profit organizations and local committees continue to fight against this issue, but face challenges due to legal loopholes and insufficient government action. The article highlights the personal stories of affected children and the ongoing efforts to combat child labour.

No child's play: Kids from low-income families suffer as designated play spaces remain scarce and streets unsafe

14 Nov 2019  |  firstpost.com
Despite Jawaharlal Nehru's vision of play as a unifying force for children, India struggles to provide adequate play spaces, with 40% of schools lacking playgrounds. This has led to poor health indicators among children, especially in urban areas. In Pune's Ramnagar slum, children like Chinki face dangers and unhygienic conditions when playing outside. Initiatives like the Child-Friendly City Initiative and Child-Friendly Smart Cities aim to address these issues, but commercial interests and government actions often hinder progress. The article highlights the need to prioritize safe play spaces for children, particularly in disadvantaged urban areas.

Dutee Chand: Born to run

01 Aug 2016  |  fountainink.in
Dutee Chand, a 20-year-old sprinter from Odisha, overcame significant challenges, including a controversial gender test that temporarily barred her from competing. Despite the adversity, she fought back legally and won the right to compete, setting national records and qualifying for the Rio Olympics. Her journey highlights issues of gender scrutiny in sports and the resilience required to overcome systemic obstacles. Supported by her coach, family, and activists, Chand's story is one of determination and triumph against the odds.

Jaitapur: A fight without an end

India's neighbours in turmoil

04 May 2016  |  fountainink.in
The article discusses the political instability in countries neighboring India, specifically Bangladesh and Myanmar. It suggests that these nations are facing significant challenges in maintaining stability. The article criticizes Indian leadership for their apparent lack of awareness or preparedness regarding the potential impact of their neighbors' turmoil on India. It implies that Indian leaders do not have a contingency plan, referred to as 'Plan B', to address the possible repercussions of the instability in Bangladesh and Myanmar on India's own political and social landscape.

A video on SMAAT India -- a community water service provider that has set up nearly 1500 Water ATMs across India.

A story on the impact on marine ecology once the Jaitapur nuclear power plant comes up on the west coast of India -- the world's largest proposed nuclear power plant

A story on a fishing village in the vicinity of the Jaitapur nuclear power project -- the world's largest nuclear power plant. The story examines the protest movement in the fishing village as they fear hot water discharge from the plant can hurt their livelihood.

How Bengaluru became India’s startup capital

07 Mar 2016  |  Condé Nast Traveller India
Bengaluru has emerged as India's startup capital due to its robust ecosystem, engineering excellence, and supportive infrastructure. The city hosts numerous successful startups, driven by a culture of innovation and support from venture capitalists, many of whom are former entrepreneurs. Key institutions like the Indian Institute of Science and government organizations have fostered a culture of engineering excellence, attracting multinational companies and encouraging local entrepreneurship. The success of companies like Infosys and Wipro has inspired a new generation of startups, further bolstered by government initiatives like Make in India and Start-Up India. However, challenges remain in manufacturing quality, regulatory clarity, and banking laws, which need to be addressed to sustain and grow the startup ecosystem.

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