» 07/16/2012, 00.00
Inflation drops but late monsoons threaten India's food sector
In June, inflation stood at 7.25 per cent against 7.55 in May. Unsatisfied, India's central bank cannot anticipate whether interest rates will be cut as the government would like to see to boost the economy. Food sector faces crisis as late monsoons threaten harvest, higher prices.
People dying of hunger in India, but millions of bags of grains rot outside
The archbishop of Bhopal slams the waste of surplus food due to poor storage management. More than 90 per cent of reserves set aside in the last few months can now only be used as fertiliser.
Indian Jesuit warns that people are starving as governments do nothing
Fr Jyothi SJ is the convener of the Right to Food and Work network in West Bengal, an organisation of NGOs that launched an awareness campaign last Saturday to get the State government to activate the existing food security legislation for the State’s poor. “We want the government to wake up” and realise food shortages “will inevitably turn into famine” in the coming months. South Asia is home to half of the world’s undernourished, but one would not know it from Indian media.
China grain harvest is at risk from worst drought in recent years
According to official figures of 12.73 million hectares of crops is parched. But unofficial sources describe a far worse situation worse. Major grain producing regions are hardest hit. The government fears social protests by poor farmers who risk losing everything.
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Caritas India, aid for flood victims in Bihar and Assam
More than 150 dead and over 2 million displaced. The monsoon rains continue to fall. Caritas has activated emergency operations immediately, but roads and bridges are flooded and remote villages are inaccessible.
After claiming 1,700 victims deadly heat wave ends in India
Pre-monsoon rains are expected by the end of this week. Varanasi Priest speaks of "human tragedy", which mainly hit the poorest in the country. Because of the high temperatures, many are too weak to work and also risk of starvation.
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