Reaping distress

Print edition : August 05, 2016

Farmers brought thousands of cattle for sale at a market in Pachod village of Aurangabad district in Maharashtra in April following an acute shortage of water and fodder due to drought. Photo: Vivek Bendre

Decades of mismanagement of groundwater resources and inadequate investment in irrigation led to one of the worst water scarcities in Maharashtra this year. In Janwal village in Latur district, young boys risk their lives climbing 50 feet down into a well that is the only source of water for the village with a population of 12,000. Photo: Vivek Bendre

The inability to resolve pressing problems with respect to the production, distribution and availability of food is one of the important failures of the entire economic reform process.
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