Feeding 12% of the world
Earlier this week, the Indian parliament approved an ambitious legislation that makes food a legal right for two-third of its population. Effectively, this will make 5 kg of grain available to 800 million people at a fraction of the market price, every month (that’s about 12% of the world population!).
India already supplies subsidized grain to its 400 million poor, through 5 million fair-price shops and a number of granaries. In fact, India maintains the second-largest stock of grain in the world, with the government spending almost 14 billion dollars on it every year.
Most of this stock is made of water-intensive crops like rice and wheat. As India readies to secure food for an additional 400 million people, it also has the opportunity to achieve much-needed, large-scale water efficiencies by making water-efficient crops a larger part of this gigantic food reserve. The latest post on TheWaterBlog (‘How to feed 12% of the world?’) details this idea. The video ‘Dalit Food Systems’ suggests that one need not look far for solutions: coarse grains (such as millet, sorghum, maize) have sustained communities living in water-scarce areas in the country for hundreds of years.
The Big World Water Workshop organized by Topsector Water will be broadcast live on het WaterKanaal: www.waterkanaal.nl
When: September 6, Friday
More info: http://www.topsectorwater.nl/en/