consumption

Impact of Universal PDS on Nutritional Intake in Odisha

Odisha’s Kalahandi-Balangir Koraput region (KBK), which covers 8 of Odisha’s 30 districts, suffers from one of the highest rates of poverty and undernutrition rates in India. A recent paper in Food Policy investigates the effect of reform in India’s Public Distribution System (PDS) in the KBK region on nutritional intake and diet quality.

Stories of Change in Nutrition: Odisha

Odisha has high levels of poverty and has faced several development challenges over the years, including insurgent movements, large pockets of extreme deprivation, social disparities, and natural disasters. Despite these challenges, Odisha has demonstrated significant commitment to reducing undernutrition and has seen some achievements.

The PDS and Wheat and Rice Consumption

Despite India’s large-scale food and nutrition programs, it is estimated that 15 percent of India’s population is currently undernourished. A recent FOODSECURE working paper analyses consumption patterns of food grains delivered through the Public Distribution System (PDS) in India and investigates targeting errors as well as reasons for leakage and self-selection of staples using cross-sectional household data throughout India.

Pulses: Current Trends and Outlook

Pulses are an essential source of protein and minerals for much of the Indian and global populations, to reflect this the UN has named 2016 as the ‘’International Year of Pulses.’ A recent IFPRI discussion paper investigates the trends and outlook for both global and regional pulse economies, looking at the supply, demand, trade, prices, and outlook of the pulse sector during the last three decades.

Data: What India needs to end malnutrition by 2030

This blog was previously posted on Development Horizons and was written by Lawrence Haddad. 

It may seem like a no-brainer to say that we need data to guide efforts to end malnutrition. 

Would you run an economy without a regular stream of credible data? You'd be flying blind if you did, and we know what happens if you try to do that. And yet this is precisely the situation that those trying to end malnutrition in India find themselves in.

Stop stunting in South Asia

Globally, 25 percent of children under 5 are stunted.

Importance of Poverty Line Development

The poverty line is a very important concept in India, as a large number of the government’s flagship social sector schemes focus on populations below this line. If the poverty line is lowered, large sections of the poor could be deprived of the benefits of these schemes; if it is raised, then the upper bracket of poor populations get more comfortable.

Reducing Food Loss and Waste in India

A chapter in IFPRI’s flagship Global Food Policy Report written by Monica Schuster and Máximo Torero investigates how reducing food loss and waste can contribute to global food security and sustainability.  The chapter emphasizes the scale of food loss and waste globally which is currently estimated at between 27 percent (1.1 billion tonnes) to 32 percent (1.3 billion tonnes) of all food produced in the world.

Reducing Food Loss and Waste in India

A chapter in IFPRI’s flagship Global Food Policy Report written by Monica Schuster and Máximo Torero investigates how reducing food loss and waste can contribute to global food security and sustainability.  The chapter emphasizes the scale of food loss and waste globally which is currently estimated at between 27 percent (1.1 billion tonnes) to 32 percent (1.3 billion tonnes) of all food produced in the world.

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