System of Promoting Appropriate National Dynamism
for Agriculture and Nutrition


Food Security in India: Challenges and Suggestions for Effectiveness


Production of certain cereals has increased in India and now the country is one of the largest producers of cereals like rice and wheat. However, the number of people who are struggling with hunger and malnutrition remains very high. India’s strategy of agricultural development and approach to food security has proved its resilience in the wake of recent global food crisis, which has created political and social unrest in several countries of the developing world. Food security both at the national and household levels has been the focus of agricultural development in India ever since the mid-sixties hen import dependence for cereals had gone up to 16 per cent and the country faced severe drought continuously for two years. The new Approach intended at maximising the production of cereals and involved building a foundation of food security on three key elements, namely, vision of an improved agricultural technology package for the farmers, delivery of modern farm inputs, technical know how and institutional credit to the farmer. For achieving these objectives, several policy instruments were used that influenced the production potential. This paper focused on the challenges India faces to meet its food security and measures to ensure food security and discussed suggestions for ensuring food security.

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