Food shortages loom in India

News24 reports that food shortages loom in India.

(emphasis mine) [my comment]

Food shortages loom in India
2009-10-08 18:10
Nirmala George

New Delhi -
Millions of poor villagers across southern India are facing an imminent food shortage following months of intense drought and recent devastating floods, aid agencies warned on Thursday.

The worst floods to hit the southern Indian states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh in a century have killed about 280 people, destroyed or washed away millions of acres of cropland and contaminated grain stocks in millions of homes.

"Floods and drought have set back India's fight against poverty by years," said Jayakumar Christian, director of World Vision India, an aid agency working in the region.

The state government of Andhra Pradesh, one of India's traditional rice-bowls, said food grain production in the state was expected to plummet by more than 900 000 tons due to the floods.

"Rice and other crops in an area of 260 000 hectares have been destroyed," state Agriculture Minister N Raghuveera Rao said.

Worst timing

The floods came at a critical time when many farmers had sowed their winter crops and much of this has been washed away or damaged, Rao said.

The government has not announced plans to help residents deal with food shortages.

There were concerns among aid workers that the damage would likely set off a wave of migration to nearby towns and cities as farm workers, whose homes were destroyed and farmlands unfit for cultivation, tried to earn a living.

Aid agency ACT International has appealed for support for relief operations in the region, saying it was at risk of severe shortages due to the floods.

"India is entering a period of severe food vulnerability," Christian said by telephone from Bijapur in northern Karnataka.

At least 220 people were killed in Karnataka and another 63 in Andhra Pradesh. More than 1.5 million people in relief camps across both states were beginning to trek back to their homes as the skies cleared after nearly a week of torrential downpours.

"Everything we owned is destroyed," wailed Anjanamma, an impoverished farm worker in Chickmanchal village in northern Karnataka.

She said the family's annual stock of rice and lentils were soaked and inedible.

My reaction: A food shortage in India will drive up prices around the world as India imports more food. That is how globalization works.

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7 Responses to Food shortages loom in India

  1. Anonymous says:

    "That is how globalization works."


  2. dashxdr says:

    Eric why not add some useful information in the article where you indicate what percentage of the total growing area is affected.

    "Rice and other crops in an area of 260 000 hectares have been destroyed,"

    Great. Sounds impressive. But what if there are a billion hectares under cultivation? A plain old number is no very informative.

  3. Anonymous says:


    I believe they have around a million hectares for food production...

    But don't quote me...

    Also you could use google to look it up...

    There's an idea...

    How about you contribute to this community instead of bitching?

  4. Anonymous says:


    Here I'll do the fucking work for ya since you wont...

    I was way off btw...

    "The total area coverage under food grains in 2007-08 has been reported as 124.10 million hectares against 123.71 million hectares in 2006-07."

    Source: site

  5. dashxdr says:

    So that sort of puts things in perspective, doesn't it, assuming your 124 million hectares is accurate.

    That works out to .2%.

    As to the "bitching" comment, Eric is the one who is trying to build a name and reputation for himself. If he does the legwork and provides useful information, other people will read his work.

  6. Seb says:

    I heard yesterday that saffron has tripled in price from a year ago due to bad harvests in Iran. That makes me even more convinced that the same could happen to wheat and other stuff. But if bread triples in price, silver will surely more than triple.

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