The Indian food sector is reeling from a shortage of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as meat and dairy products, due to over-capacity in markets.
According to an analysis by the National Center for Agriculture and Food Security, the country has a population of over 7.5 billion people, and has a severe food shortage.
The data revealed that the average per capita food consumption in India in 2020 was 4.7 pounds, which is nearly 50 percent higher than the average consumption of 2.6 pounds in 2013.
While the consumption of fruits and veggies has been growing, the meat and cheese consumption has declined, according to the NCSFS report.
This year, India is on track to overtake the United States as the largest food importer in the world, overtaking Mexico, which was also ranked the world’s third largest importer.
In addition, India has the second highest number of children in India, after the United Kingdom, with 4.8 million.