Nagpur's hapless farmers

By Ashish Roy, The Times of India, 22 Jan 2011

Even though the Kharif crop had been damaged due to unseasonal rains in October and November, above average rainfall meant plenty of water for the rabi crop. Dilip Kumar Mahalge had sown cotton and tual in his six acre field. On the night of January 6 and 7 the mercury dipped to a 74 year old low in Nagpur. The dew froze in the night, Mahalge as horrified to see frost on his plants. The cotton and tuar plants soon started dying.

The global rise in food prices is felt acutely in the Asia-Pacific region, with greater impact on net food importing countries. Food prices have increased sharply since 2005 but have surged dramatically since 2007, led by the dairy sector registering an 80% price hike, followed by oil at 50% and grains 42%. In more recent months the price spikes have been more pronounced in grains and oil. In the Philippines, rice price rose to 72% since January this year, while in Pakistan wheat price rose to 66% since January 2007, and the price of rice basmati rose from Rupees 60/kilo in June 2007 to Rs 110/kilogram in May 2008. In Indonesia, the price of cooking oil doubled from 6,000 to 12,000 rupiah per kilogram and tofu price increased by 50%. In India, the price of milk increased 11 % more than last year and edible oil prices soared to 40% over the same period.
Asian People\'s Decalaration on the Food Crisis: Secure Food and Livelihoods!
by , Lok Samved, 01 September, 2008
THE final five kilometres to Ramnagar (Khokla), as the village is officially called, in Satna district of Madhya Pradesh has to be done on foot down a hill thick with shrubs and bushes. As we enter the village, eager eyes scan us for food or some other kind of livelihood support only to droop in disappointment once they learn that the wait has been in vain. The people of the Kol and Mawasi tribes who inhabit this village are a desperate lot: they have neither employment nor food, and their malnourished children are dying. In the past four months at least four children have died and those standing by the side of their elders had protruding stomachs, sunken eyes, wrinkled legs and slightly deformed heads, all symptoms of malnutrition.
Dying of hunger
by Ajoy Ashirwad Mahaprastha, Frontline, 07 November, 2008
The food crisis reflects a breakdown in our global food system that threatens to worsen poverty, hunger, climate change, and insecurity. Global institutions and governments are responding, yet their answers are vastly inadequate. For decades, trade and investment liberalization have undermined human rights and the environment. The food crisis should help us to understand that now it is time for a new vision of global cooperation, one that is democratic and accountable to people and the planet.
The Food Crisis and Global Institutions
by Alexandra Spieldoch, Lok Samved, 01 September, 2008
The world food crisis, rapidly defined by those in power as a problem of insufficient production, has become a trojan horse to get corporate seeds, fertilisers and, surreptitiously, market systems into poor countries. As past experience shows, what looks like “seed aid” in the short term can mask what is actually “agribusiness aid” in the long term. We look at what is going on.
Seed aid, agribusiness and the food crisis
by , Seedling, 01 October, 2008