India will be one of a very small number of countries that won't likely experience a severe food crisis between 2022 and 2023. Extreme weather, however, has alarmingly reduced its overflowing granaries this year, raising questions about food security in a nation with 1.38 billion citizens, or 17% of the world's population.
The nation will avoid a food deficit due to abundant harvests over the preceding six years.
Due to supply shortages and the conflict in Ukraine, food prices have reached record highs. The World Bank noted in an update last week that this situation "will push millions more into severe poverty, magnifying hunger and malnutrition, while threatening to undermine hard-won gains in development."
The production of wheat sowed in the winter this year was impacted by a record temperature in northern India and flooding in the eastern and southern regions. Official estimates place the staple's production at 106 million tonne, the lowest level in three years.