Despite India’s economic growth, poverty and malnutrition are rife. The rural poor are particularly vulnerable. Agriculture in the semi-arid tropical regions of India is mainly rainfed and suffers from water shortages and drought. Investment in infrastructure, tools and technologies will boost productivity and improve livelihoods. Driving the transition from subsistence agriculture to an inclusive market-oriented agriculture will help reduce rural poverty and improve food security.
1 in 3 - Of the world’s poorest people live in India
Almost 300 million - Live in poverty, many of them in rural areas
60 million - Almost half of India’s child population are underweight
Agriculture contributes to about only 14% of GDP