Why Food security?

  • The poorest section of society might be food insecure most of the time while persons above the poverty line might also be food insecure when the country faces a national disaster/calamity like an earthquake, drought, flood, tsunami, or widespread failure of crops causing famine, etc.

How is food security affected during a calamity?

  •  Due to a natural calamity, say drought, the total production of food grains decreases.

  •  It creates a shortage of food in the affected areas.

  •  Due to a shortage of food, the prices go up.

  • At high prices, some people cannot afford to buy food.

  • If such calamity happens in a very wide area or is stretched over a longer time period, it may cause a situation of starvation.

  • Massive starvation might take turn into famine.

  • The most devastating famine that occurred in India was the FAMINE OF BENGAL in 1943. This famine killed thirty lakh people in the province of Bengal.

  • Food security is needed in a country to ensure the food at all times , including during calamities and pandemics.
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Davneet Singh has done his B.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He has been teaching from the past 14 years. He provides courses for Maths, Science, Social Science, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science at Teachoo.