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Pathways from Agriculture to Nutrition: Implications of the Occupation Structure in Rural India

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This paper examines whether the emerging occupational structure in rural India is conducive for improving nutrition outcomes. Using data from India’s National Sample Survey Organisation’s survey of employment and unemployment conducted in 2009-10, this paper establishes that there is greater dietary diversity, which is an intermediate outcome in the pathway to improved nutrition, among cultivators than agricultural laborers. However, over time, there has been a reduction in the number of cultivators and an increase in a number of agricultural laborers. Since poverty is also concentrated among rural labour household, such shifts in occupational structure could prove to be detrimental to addressing the problem of malnutrition.

Author(s): S Chandrasekhar ., S Mahendra Dev, Vijay Laxmi Pandey | Views(965) | Download (221)

  
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