[QODLink]
Central & South Asia
India's grain rots as poor starve
Inadequate food distribution has resulted in a billion tonnes of food going to waste.
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2010 21:01 GMT

India has been accused of allowing thousands of kilos of grain to rot as millions of people go hungry.

About 400 million poor in India cannot afford to buy grain and are dependent on the government for food handouts.

To feed them, India uses a decades-old distribution system, but supplies in some warehouses are poorly maintained and have become contaminated, resulting in a huge waste of food.

Experts say there are over a billion tonnes of food grain going to waste throughout India, enough to feed over 600,000 poor for over a decade.

Al Jazeera's Nilanjan Chowdhury reports.

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
Country
Featured on Al Jazeera
More than one-quarter of Gaza's population has been displaced, causing a humanitarian crisis.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Muslim charities claim discrimination after major UK banks began closing their accounts.
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Featured
Indonesian and Malaysian authorities are keeping a close eye on local supporters of the hard-line Middle East group.
Citizens of the tiny African nation say they're increasingly anxious of the fallout after alleged coup.
Assam officials upset that WWII-era Stillwell Road won't be used in transnational highway linking four Asian nations.
Informal health centres are treating thousands of Syrian refugees in Turkey, easing the pressure on local hospitals.
Wastewater ponds dot the landscape in US states that produce gas; environmentalists say they’re a growing threat.
join our mailing list