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India Prepares to Guarantee Right to Food for 800 Million People

The National Food Security Act is heavily criticized by policymakers and academics who disagree with the decision to expand a grain program already riddled with fraud and waste. In India, it is widely known that about 40% of grain in the supply chain doesn’t reach its intended end, instead rotting in storage, eaten by rodents, […]

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Tonnes of Maize Rotting in Northern Region

Improved farming methods in Ghana have led to an increase in productivity of maize, which should be cause for celebration. Instead farmers and warehouse operators are witnessing both physical and economic losses. Farmers face low prices with the lack of a market price support system, and warehouses are unable to maintain a sufficient rate of […]

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India School Tragedy Raises Questions for Gandhi’s Food Plan

At least 23 children died in India after eating contaminated food served under the free school lunch program. The tragedy raises concern over whether quality and safety standards can be sufficiently monitored and maintained when the new Food Security Ordinance rolls out, which more than doubles the reach of government food subsidies. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/18/us-india-food-idUSBRE96H0HL20130718

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CAG Slams Punjab, Haryana for Letting Grains Rot

The Comptroller and Auditor General’s May 2013 report, which assessed the country’s amount and quality of available storage, finds that even after the busy influx of procurement season, grains in Haryana and Punjab were left in open storage against FCI regulations. Inadequate storage worries critics of the newly passed food security legislation. http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-07-16/india/40611680_1_food-grains-cag-report-cag-slams-punjab

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Punjab’s Problem of Plenty: Bumper Wheat Crop But No Storage Space

A video on Punjab storage issues identifies diversatification of crops as a solution to ease capacity constraints. Farmers are not in support of this solution, however, due to the economic value of certain crops over others. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlJbh-8R6MY&feature=youtu.be

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No Storage Space for Bumper Stock in Country’s Food Bowl

At the start of the Indian procurment season, the government is still facing severe storage shortages. The large bumper crop is overwhelming current capacities that still hold much of last year’s procurement. Government reactions include plans to add more storage capacity, release additional grain to the open market, and export to neighboring nations. Meanwhile, significant amounts of grain continue […]

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Indian Wheat Rots in the Open After Bumper Harvest

The Indian storage situation is steadily worsening. After the rains, millions of tons of wheat, which had no place to be properly stored and were left in the open, are now rotting with mildew. In some provinces, farmers are sifting through rotting wheat to find grains which are still edible—from piles of wheat that had […]

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