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Dynamics of Food Grain Deficiency in India

Publisher: Applied Economic Research

Food security is a basic requirement of livelihood. A major source of calories is carbohydrates which are mainly derived from food grains. This article addresses the food grain deficiency in India, across its states, regions and at the household level. The study further analyses the causal effect of subsidies from India’s public distribution system, the share of home-produced food grain in total consumption of food grains, food diversification, monthly per capita consumption expenditure and socio-religious factors on food grain deficiency. The paper find that food grain deficiency levels have increased for ‘all-classes’ and the ‘below-poverty-level class’ but the deficiency levels are not very high and can be managed with suitable measures. It is further found that the determinants have a significant influence on food grain deficiency and food grain deviation at the state-region and household levels, respectively. Suitable policy measures have also been identified.

Author(s): Md Zakaria Siddiqui, Siddhartha Mitra, Paramita Bhattacharya | Views(264)

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