PrintSend to friend
The Balance sheet
Notwithstanding such an impressive growth in food grain and rice production and its laudable socio-economic impact, the country witnessed and experienced the agricultural balance sheet is quite disappointing. Amidst grain mountains physically enough to feed all, paradoxically the country remains the home to the largest number of undernourished in the world. It accounts for more than one fifths of the world’s 1.2 billion half-fed and sadly, the maximum of them are in the traditional rice growing eastern India. This is not because of shortage of food grains but due to lack of economic access to food. To be a food secure nation, in other words, economic accessibility to food is as important as physical availability of food.