India’s farmers struggle without crucial monsoon rains

February 5, 2010 • Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Kathleene Parker for this article from the Christian Science Monitor.

The only thing growing in Jayabati’s parched field this summer is a mound of cow-dung bricks that, once dried and hardened, will be used as cooking fuel.

“No rain, no planting,” says the weary-looking woman, who goes by one name, as she stands on the tiny plot of land she farms with her husband in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

Like most of India’s farmers, Jayabati has no access to irrigation systems. She depends entirely on the monsoon rains that fall between June and September to water her staple sorghum crop.

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