India has been arguing over what to do about hunger and the poverty that underpins it for years – while its farms produce ever more food.

So reports Andrew North for BBC News, Madhya Pradesh (August 12 2012).  The problem it seems is not that there isn’t enough food to go round:  “For years now”, says North  “India has been producing more food than it needs. Yet every year large quantities simply rot in these warehouses. . . . What is really needed, suggests Arti Tivari from the nutrition centre, is for existing programmes to be “implemented properly and for people to do their jobs properly” – a polite way of saying that graft and corruption still infect the system.”  In the meantime, “[i]t is estimated that one in four of the world’s malnourished children is in India, more even than in sub-Saharan Africa.”

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