» 09/16/2009, 00.00
The man who saved India from famine: Norman Borlaug
He saved almost 245 million people from dying of hunger with his discovery-invention of a “semi-dwarf” wheat plant variety with a shorter, compact stalk. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian Indian award.
Drought and Famine in India due to scarce monsoons
The rains during this monsoon season had been scarce, sometime not even half of the normal. Some states had already declared a state of drought. The rice harvest will be 10 millions tons less. The specter of starvation is threatening India.
Afghanistan could feed its population and avert the world food crisis
All it would have to do is replace its massive opium production with wheat, and it could feed the Afghan population, 70% of which suffers from hunger. A study by the FAO, the UN food and agriculture agency, has revealed that by devoting more money to irrigation systems, this dream could become reality.
Good news for the recovery of the Indian economy
In the last 6 months the growth has gone from 5.3 to 6.1. The leading industries being Electricity generation and mining output. Singh said: “The worst may be over, but the road is long”. The energetic deficit caused by the importation of petrol and coal must be urgently solved.
The euphoria of the Indian Economy after the results of the elections
The Indian stock market rose by 18 points in two days, a sign of trust in the Congress and in Singh. There is anticipation for the liberalization of direct foreign investments and a political system that is able to eradicate the poverty in the slums and rural area.
A Caritas Campaign: “Save the farmers, Save India”
Caritas India will launch a national campaign in April with the slogan, “Save the farmers, Save India” in order to help the regretful phenomenon, which is spreading across the country: suicides amongst farmers. The loss of crops and insurmountable debt has driven farmers into poverty and desperation. They see suicide as the only way to salvation.
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