On January 1, the International Day for the Protection of Nature, India celebrated its 1.5 billion-strong population, and the country is expected to see more than 50 million more people by the end of the year.
But this year, the government is introducing a plan to give its citizens more food, and is urging its citizens to buy more, too.
On January 2, India will be celebrating the birthday of its first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.
But he didn’t leave any birthday wish on the table: He wanted his country to grow more than 5 billion tonnes of food per year by 2050.
That’s more than twice as much as the United States, the world’s largest food producer.
“What is India supposed to grow in 2050, if it is going to have more than 500 million tonnes of fresh fruits and vegetables, 150 million tonnes each year, and a population of 5 billion people?,” said Dr. Suresh Prasad, a nutritionist with the World Health Organization (WHO).
According to the government, it’s about the same as India, which has more than 20 million farmers, and which produces about 90% of its food.
But the country’s food system is struggling.
In India, farmers are often poor, and their yields are below market prices.
The result is that, for many farmers, the only way to keep a roof over their heads is to sell their produce.
So, the next time you’re at a party and someone asks if you have any vegetables for dessert, don’t be surprised if they ask if you’re happy to buy all those fancy, fancy fruits and veggies.
They’re the same price as if you’d ordered them at a supermarket.
In the meantime, you can check out the top 10 fruits and vegetable varieties in India.