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In every one of India's major states, less food is available for growing populations. The first India State Hunger Index shows how much less. Steadily rising inflation until late 2008, high energy costs, urban demands for processed foods and pressure on rural land are all factors that have contributed to hunger being still so visible in India. But state-level data from the Ministry of Agriculture shows a far more alarming trend, that of plateaus in foodgrain harvests and of yields. I've tried to cover the main issues in this comment, and look forward to your views. Rahul


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