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That could push big buyers such as the Philippines and Indonesia to accumulate the grain, a staple food for nearly half of the world's population, similar to what happened in 2008.
For the women in Deyyam Banda Thanda, the day begins much before sunrise. They have to finish cooking and household chores to be off by 6 am to fetch water.
Hearing a petition at a time 11 states have declared drought, the court also reprimanded states like Haryana and Gujarat.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going to need a big rise in economic growth and a run of good weather to have a chance of fulfilling his promise to double farmers' incomes by 2022.
Groups of people have been banned from gathering near water sources in the Latur district of Maharashtra after violent skirmishes between increasingly desperate residents living in an area hit by drought.
Water storage units in many villages of Madhya Pradesh's Bundelkhand region quench thirst only on paper.
In Madhya Pradesh's Tikamgarh, a city in the parched Bundelkhand region, men with guns guard precious water of the Jamuniya river at the Bari Ghat Dam.
Whoever can has migrated in search of work. For the rest, part time employment under NREGA or pension is the lifeline.