India has emerged as a nation with the unenviable distinction of being home to millions of hungry people even as her granaries are overflowing with food. For the second time in the current decade, the country has witnessed an enormous build-up of food-stocks even as majority of the population fail to attain the minimum nutritional standards.
The entire country is reeling under terrible spell of inflation. Prices of essential commodities and food items have reached historically high levels. The Government has done too little to control prices. A blog post.
Saqib Khan from TISS, Mumbai writes on the malnutrition situation in Madhya Pradesh.
Arindam Banerjee writes on the phenomenon of Biofuels - generated from grains that could otherwise serve as food.
That food prices have broken the ceiling and have gone beyond control, is a tragedy that is affecting many sections of the Indian population today. Yet the government has only compounded the misery by increasing fuel prices as well. It is imperative that the government must roll back the hiked fuel prices and must work on a war-footing to arrest galloping inflation. A post on the issue.
Professor Jayati Ghosh delves on the global food situation and need for ensuring real food security in the country today as part of the "Naren Sen Memorial Lecture" held in Kolkata on 8th November 2009. Below is the text of the lecture given.
A meeting of the ministers and secretaries of the various state governments in India featured a discussion on the proposed Food Security Bill in the centre. The meeting elaborated on the provisions and came up with its declaration regarding the same. The Hindu newspaper also reported about this meeting and the report can be found here. Pragoti brings the text of the declaration of the meeting held in Trivandrum on 19th September 2009.
Genetically Modified food being experimented on Indian consumers is exposing the people to adverse health effects, warns KAVITHA KURUGANTI. Courtesy: Tehelka
India below sub-Saharan Africa in hunger index
NEW DELHI: Despite robust economic growth in recent years, India’s record on hunger is worse than that of nearly 25 sub-Saharan African countries and all of South Asia, except Bangladesh. The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)’s 2008 Global Hunger Index says that with over 200 million people insecure about their daily bread, Indian scenario is ‘alarming’ in terms of hunger and malnutrition.
Twelve Indian states have "alarming" levels of hunger says a new report on hunger in India. Articles from The Economic Times and the BBC. Also attached, Utsa Patnaik's article on reduced per capita foodgrain availability in India and a report by the UN Special Rapporteur on Right to Food, India. Original Report on the levels of hunger in India can be found here