Directly linking this to climate change might be premature, but it's certainly consistent with the sort of weather weirding predicted to occur: 80% of India's Alphonso mango crop for the year has been destroyed as a prolonged winter gave way immediately to scorching summer heat, which killed off the flowers and fruit. The mango needs temperatures in the 30-36°C range for the fruit to mature after the trees flower in November and December. But this year temperatures soared to 41°C (106°F) by the beginning of April.
According to reports in the Times of India, the crop yield is barely 10% of what it normally is in some places, with flowers "burnt crisp."Alphonso mangos are among the world's most prized, retailing for up to nearly $3 each in India. Because of the crop failure farmers have be strapped with debts and little to no crop to repay them.
Read more: Times of India
Back to that climate change and food part. TreeHugger has covered how climate change will impact food production numerous times. Check out the links below to get up to speed:
How Will Food Security Be Affected by Climate Change, Energy Constraints & Water Availability?
Food Prices in World's Poorest Nations May rise 20% in 2011
Asian Rice Yields Drops As Climate Change Warms Nighttime Temperatures
US Corn, Cotton & Soybean Yields Could Decline Up To 82% Due to Climate Change
Peak Coffee Incoming: Climate Change is Killing Our Buzz