Why is India’s food system under severe stress?
All Indians MatterMarch 22, 202400:12:45

Why is India’s food system under severe stress?

India has more land under cultivation than any other country and is among the leaders in the production of rice, spices, milk, eggs and wheat. Yet, our food system is under immense pressure. It faces many challenges, ranging from depleting natural resources to climate change, fragmented land holdings and increasing urbanisation.

Meanwhile, populations are expanding and diets are changing, which means that people are demanding more from the land. What’s needed is a multi-pronged approach that encompasses not just a change in cropping patterns and water use but also the building of agri value chains, the withdrawal of restrictive policies, more investment in R&D and a focus on nutrition rather than just farm output.

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