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momagri, movement for a world agricultural organization, is a think tank chaired by Christian Pèes.
It brings together, managers from the agricultural world and important people from external perspectives,
such as health, development, strategy and defense. Its objective is to promote regulation
of agricultural markets by creating new evaluation tools, such as economic models and indicators,
and by drawing up proposals for an agricultural and international food policy.
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The Indian government recommends the general distribution of foodgrains to its poorest people

26 July 2010



The Indian National Advisory Council (NAC) which monitors the implementation of government social policies proposes the gradual application of the Law on Food Security which consists of distributing foodgrains to the country’s poorest families.

If the law is passed by Parliament, one quarter of the poorest urban areas would be impacted by it, allowing people living below the poverty line to buy rice and wheat for three rupees a kilogram (€0.05 per kg). Other urban areas would not be forgotten. The law would guarantee the distribution of foodgrain to the most vulnerable such as children, the elderly, pregnant women, the homeless and primitive tribes.

The widespread distribution of foodgrains is NAC’s primary objective, they want "to ensure global food security" in India, a country where food inflation is a persistent problem. It must not be forgotten that according to the UN, India has 410 million people living below the poverty line, that is to say, with less than $1.25 per day.

The distribution of food to the poor is an essential component of a food security policy. But this should not be to the detriment of local production, whose development should be encouraged if we really want to fight the scourge of famine, because in India, the majority of the poor are farmers and people living in rural areas. In addition, proper management of production and stabilizing agricultural commodity prices are also two aspects that must be taken into account as part of an efficient agricultural policy.

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