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Transforming food systems for a rising India /​

by Pingali, Prabhu
Series: Palgrave studies in agricultural economics and food policy. Published by : Palgrave Macmillan, (Cham :) Physical details: xxiv, 368 p. : ill. ; 22 cm. ISBN:9783030144081 (hbk.). Year: 2019
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

1. Indian Food Systems towards 2050: Challenges and Opportunities -- 2. Economic Growth, Agriculture and Food Systems: Explaining Regional Diversity -- 3. Rural Livelihood Challenges: Moving out of Agriculture -- 4.Diet Diversity and the Declining Importance of Staple Grains -- 5.The Nutrition Transformation: From Undernutrition to Obesity -- 6. Reimagining Safety Net Programs -- 7. Enabling Smallholder Prosperity through Commercialization and Diversification -- 8. Linking Farms to Markets: Reducing Transaction Costs and Enhancing Bargaining Power -- 9. Agricultural Technology for Increasing Competitiveness of Small Holders -- 10. Managing Climate Change Risks in Food Systems -- 11. The Way Forward: Food Systems for Enabling Rural --Prosperity and Nutrition Security.

This open access book examines the interactions between India’s economic development, agricultural production, and nutrition through the lens of a “Food Systems Approach (FSA).” The Indian growth story is a paradoxical one. Despite economic progress over the past two decades, regional inequality, food insecurity and malnutrition problems persist. Simultaneously, recent trends in obesity along with micro-nutrient deficiency portend to a future public health crisis. This book explores various challenges and opportunities to achieve a nutrition-secure future through diversified production systems, improved health and hygiene environment and greater individual capability to access a balanced diet contributing to an increase in overall productivity. The authors bring together the latest data and scientific evidence from the country to map out the current state of food systems and nutrition outcomes. They place India within the context of other developing country experiences and highlight India’s status as an outlier in terms of the persistence of high levels of stunting while following global trends in obesity. This book discusses the policy and institutional interventions needed for promoting a nutrition-sensitive food system and the multi-sectoral strategies needed for simultaneously addressing the triple burden of malnutrition in India.

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