The world’s food supply faces a new threat from lack of rain in India

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Rice could become the next challenge to the global food supply as a lack of rain in parts of India, by far the world’s largest exporter, has resulted in planting area shrinking to its smallest in about three years.

The threat to Indian rice production comes at a time when countries are grappling with rising food costs and rampant inflation. Total rice acreage has fallen by 13% so far this season due to lack of rainfall in some areas, including West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh, which account for a quarter of India’s production.