Lessons for India from China’s food import

Demographic, India

Lessons for India from China’s food import

In our country where mainline economists revel in cut-paste prescriptions in the name of agricultural reforms, China’s example illustrates how the transformation from state-regulated to market-oriented farming has brought it to the brink of an unmanageable food crisis.

Speaking at an international conference in 1998 at the University College Cork, in Ireland, to commemorate 150 years of the Great Irish Famine that killed nearly one million people, I was asked a question: who will feed India? This question cropped up at a time when the world was already deliberating a hypothesis floated by the well-known environmental researcher and thinker, Lester Brown.

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