Why are 300M Indians hungry?

March 5, 2007

Kamal Nath, India’s minister of commerce and industry, says “due to a lack of proper handling of the produce at post-harvest stage, more than 7 percent of food grains, 30 percent of fruits and vegetables, and 10 percent of spices are lost before reaching the market. Though India is the second-largest producer of fruits and vegetables (next to China) in the world, only 2 percent of fruits and vegetables are processed.” In fact, India exports about $8B worth of agricultural products each year. So why are so many Indians hungry? It’s not for lack of food, it’s a failure of distribution and markets.


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