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Title:Looking for answers to the food security problem: India under current compulsions PDF Logo
Authors:Ghosh, Nilabja
Guha-Khasnobis, Basudeb
Issue Date:2006
Series/Report no.:Research Paper, UNU-WIDER, United Nations University (UNU) 2006/123
Abstract:Food insecurity at the household level has become unacceptable in India where the economy is growing at high rates and food sufficiency is already achieved at the macro-level. Food security has always been an important issue in the Indian political economy and was addressed by numerous poverty-eradication and rural development programmes that emerged and evolved with time. In recent times of liberalization, the programmes are intended to be more targeted and integrated with other social objectives through innovative designing. In particular, the government is all set to using public works programme, which is nothing new to India or other developing countries, as a nationwide instrument to confer earning opportunity to rural people backed by legal reinforcement. This paper reviews the strategies and instruments in India that impinge on household food insecurity. The paper also examines how far the existing public works programmes in select four states target the households that are likely to be food insecure.
Subjects:food insecurity
public works programmes
poverty alleviation
cereal consumption
JEL:I38
D63
H75
ISBN:9291909076
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WIDER Research Papers, United Nations University (UNU)

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