India: a country of nearly 1.2 billion people with over 28% living under the official poverty line, as defined by Indian government in 2004-2005. Some 400 million of these poor depend on government food handouts, which fall short of meeting demands. Yet experts say that there are over a billion tons of grain rotting away in government warehouses, an amount that could feed over 600,000 people for 10 years. And though feeding the poor can be seen as an expense, the consequences of not feeding them are much greater – economically as well as morally. The antipoverty group ActionAid calculates…
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