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Killing Fields – March 13, 2014

In Vidharbha, India, suicides by debt-ridden cotton farmers continue unabated

The region of Vidarbha in the state of Maharashtra in central India, once known for its high yielding cotton harvest, has become infamous for driving local cotton farmers in India to their deaths. A downward price spiral, sinking yields, and rising debts have driven more than 200,000 cotton farmers to take their own lives in Maharashtra over the last decade. Seventy percent of these deaths occurred in Vidarbha. Each growing season, the suicides of debt-ridden cotton farmers continue to grab headlines. (In 2012, farmer suicides in Maharashtra increased by almost 450 to 3786.)

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by: Isabell Zipfel

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