Climate change: Govt must strive for sustainability while ensuring food security – Neha Simlai and Soumya Singhal

(Neha Simlai is the Founding Director at Social and Political Research Foundation. Soumya Singhal is a Research Assistant at Social and Political Research Foundation. The column first appeared in The Quint on September 19, 2021)

  • With a clear “Code Red” for countries including India, the recently released Climate Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicts frequent dry spells, heat waves, and irregular monsoonal rains over the next 30-40 years. What does that really mean? Effectively, climate change puts at risk India’s food security while also compounding the issues related to import substitution, agricultural production as well as farmers’ livelihoods and incomes. The IPCC also posits that mean precipitation and monsoon extremes are projected to intensify by 20 percent in summer over India and South Asia, which would result in erratic water supply to largely rainfed agricultural areas…

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