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Belly Of The Beast: How Climate Change Is Affecting India’s Farmers

Farmers are waking up to the threat of extreme heatwaves across India. Are our policymakers listening?

Belly Of The Beast: How Climate Change Is Affecting India’s Farmers
Burnt (2007) Artwork by Atul Bhalla

The scorching heat in March and April—officially the spring season in North India—seemed quite unusual to Hakam Yadav, a farmer in Madhya Pradesh’s Shivpuri district. He, like many other farmers of the area, had sown oni­on—in the hope that like last year, he will get a good crop. But to his dismay, this didn’t happen. A heatwave—a period of excessively hot weather surpassing the average temperature of a region by 4.5°C to 6.4°C–shattered his dreams, as he didn’t get even half of the output he usually gets.

Dejected by the uncertain weather, Yadav said, “On a few occasions like last year, the weather is predictable. But often, uncertain rains and dry spells in summer create huge problems for us.”

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