India’s Grain Storage Comes Up Short

Indian storage capacity again threatens food security as, for the second year in a row, a record grain crop is being harvested without adequate storage facility space. The government will add between 3-4 million tons of storage capacity by May or June, and 11 millions tons by year-end 2013. This move is still questioned, as red tape has delayed such plans in the past, leaving food to rot. In addition, many of the existing storage facilities are located in places that don’t produce grains. This issue takes on larger implications as more than 200 million food-insecure people are in India, and although record grain harvests are being made, the inefficiencies in food distribution continue to push up food costs and continue the cycle of hunger and malnutrition.

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