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India passes billion-dollar food subsidy programme

Rice salesmen and potential buyers prepare for an auction near New Delhi, India, one day after the country passed a flagship $18bn programme to provide subsidised food to the poor. The initiative hopes to put an end to endemic hunger and malnutrition, as the country struggles to feed its population of 1.2bn people adequately. More than 40 percent of children under five is malnourished, according to a new survey.

India passes billion-dollar food subsidy programme
Low wage earning Indian day labourers load bags of rice at a grains depot near New Delhi on August 27, 2013, one day after the Indian parliament passed a flagship 18-billion-dollar programme to provide subsidised food to the poor that is intended to 'wipe out' endemic hunger and malnutrition in the aspiring superpower. Despite decades of fast economic growth, India still struggles to feed its 1.2-billion population adequately with more than 40 percent of children under five malnourished, according to a major survey last year. (AFP/Getty Images)
India passes billion-dollar food subsidy programme
A low wage earning Indian day labourer sews shut bags of rice at a grains depot near New Delhi on August 27, 2013, one day after the Indian parliament passed a flagship 18-billion-dollar programme to provide subsidised food to the poor that is intended to 'wipe out' endemic hunger and malnutrition in the aspiring superpower. Despite decades of fast economic growth, India still struggles to feed its 1.2-billion population adequately with more than 40 percent of children under five malnourished, according to a major survey last year. (AFP/Getty Images)
India passes billion-dollar food subsidy programme
A low wage earning Indian day labourer carries a 60 kg bag of rice at a grains depot near New Delhi on August 27, 2013, one day after the Indian parliament passed a flagship 18-billion-dollar programme to provide subsidised food to the poor that is intended to 'wipe out' endemic hunger and malnutrition in the aspiring superpower. Despite decades of fast economic growth, India still struggles to feed its 1.2-billion population adequately with more than 40 percent of children under five malnourished, according to a major survey last year. (AFP/Getty Images)
India passes billion-dollar food subsidy programme
Low wage earning Indian day labourers carry 60 kg bags of rice at a grains depot near New Delhi on August 27, 2013, one day after the Indian parliament passed a flagship 18-billion-dollar programme to provide subsidised food to the poor that is intended to 'wipe out' endemic hunger and malnutrition in the aspiring superpower. Despite decades of fast economic growth, India still struggles to feed its 1.2-billion population adequately with more than 40 percent of children under five malnourished, according to a major survey last year. (AFP/Getty Images)
India passes billion-dollar food subsidy programme
A bag of rice is unloaded from a truck at an Indian grains depot near New Delhi on August 27, 2013, one day after the Indian parliament passed a flagship 18-billion-dollar programme to provide subsidised food to the poor that is intended to 'wipe out' endemic hunger and malnutrition in the aspiring superpower. Despite decades of fast economic growth, India still struggles to feed its 1.2-billion population adequately with more than 40 percent of children under five malnourished, according to a major survey last year. (AFP/Getty Images)
India passes billion-dollar food subsidy programme
Low wage earning Indian day labourers weigh bags of rice at a grains depot near New Delhi on August 27, 2013, one day after the Indian parliament passed a flagship 18-billion-dollar programme to provide subsidised food to the poor that is intended to 'wipe out' endemic hunger and malnutrition in the aspiring superpower. Despite decades of fast economic growth, India still struggles to feed its 1.2-billion population adequately with more than 40 percent of children under five malnourished, according to a major survey last year. (AFP/Getty Images)
India passes billion-dollar food subsidy programme
An Indian commissioner (C) manages the auction of a lot of rice surrounded by Indian businessmen at a grains depot near New Delhi on August 27, 2013, one day after the Indian parliament passed a flagship 18-billion-dollar programme to provide subsidised food to the poor that is intended to 'wipe out' endemic hunger and malnutrition in the aspiring superpower. Despite decades of fast economic growth, India still struggles to feed its 1.2-billion population adequately with more than 40 percent of children under five malnourished, according to a major survey last year. (AFP/Getty Images)