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A fresh estimate from the ministry of food processing says a whopping Rs 58,000 crore (Rs 580 billion) worth of agriculture food items get wasted in the country every year. This, according to government figures that usually underestimate negative social indicators.

Rough calculations show that the wasted produce could feed around 23.2 crore (232 million) people below the poverty line in rural areas.
According to the National Sample Survey Organisation, monthly consumption of over Rs 211.30 in rural areas is above the poverty line; Rs 454.11 per month is the mark set for urban areas.The recently-released National Family Health Survey-3 and assessments by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) have shown that 45.9% of Indian children under three are underweight, 38.4% are stunted, and 19.1% wasted.
Comparatively, only 10% of China’s children are underweight. India is home to the highest number of undernourished people in the world,says Dominique Frankefort, WFP-India’s deputy country director. This is nearly one-third of the world’s underweight children
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New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS)India is home to the largest number of undernourished people in the world, and the country director of the United Nations World Food Programme (UNFP) says that malnutrition in tribal areas is a vicious cycle of underdevelopment, ignorance and unemployment that requires a multi-pronged solution. Malnutrition among children below the age of three is pegged at nearly 44 percent against the sub-Saharan average of 25 percent in Africa, said Gian Peitro Bordignon, country director and India representative for the World Food Programme (WFP).
“In Chhattisgarh, one of the most backward tribal states in the country, nearly 50 percent of people in villages suffer from malnutrition. The food situation is pre-occupying,” Bordignon said.
The problem of hunger in Chhattisgarh’s tribal areas is complex, Bordignon said.According to him, it is a vicious cycle of underdevelopment, marked by total absence of income generating activity, ignorance and security-related problems that have led to lax supervision of food delivery programmes. This means reduced accessibility of the people to basic food items.
“The tribals in Dantewada don’t drink milk because they believe cow milk is meant solely for calves, not humans. As a result, they don’t milk their cattle. The tribals have limited access to fresh vegetables and fruits, and their intake of minerals and vitamins is inadequate,” he said.
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Though my thought was to spread the pathetic condiiton of starved people across world,and to what extent do we,India,one among the largest producers fo food ,waste food, I have some different in mind now.. Does the condition mentioned about Dandewada and Chathisgarh,have got something do to with the naxalism happening there? I remember somebody asking me why don’t naxals go to court or contest in election..Are we talking about these people,who hardly have even food to eat?
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