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Food security: Building the capacity of communities to withstand drought in India

A case study about increasing food insecurity in flood- and drought-prone states in India

2008 Available in English

In several states in India, crops often fail because of unpredictable rainfall patterns, leading to widespread food shortages. Rising food costs and lack of regular employment mean the poor cannot afford to buy fruit and vegetables, resulting in malnutrition and poor health.

This case study explains how contingency planning, training in growing vegetables, and the formation of self-help groups allowed farmers in India to increase their food security.

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