Galloping growth, and hunger in India

by Vikas Bajaj

Farmers plant onions in Jalgaon, India. The lack of basic farm equipment and infrastructure has held back production, even as the demand for food has risen greatly.  Photo: Kuni Takahashi/New York Times

BAMNOD, India — The 50-year-old farmer knew from experience that his onion crop was doomed when torrential rains pounded his fields throughout September, a month when the Indian monsoon normally peters out.