Scoping Study: Review on food and nutrition security: India’s domestic story and scope to build global partnerships

Scoping Study: Review on food and nutrition security: India’s domestic story and scope to build global partnerships

Between 1950 and 2012 India’s foodgrain production has gone up by five times, whereas its population increased during this period by roughly three and a half times. This has helped India in reducing poverty, ending famines and mass starvation, stabilising foodgrain prices by massive distribution of subsidised grain through a public distribution system (known as PDS), and starting an ambitious school meals and young child feeding programme.

This paper outlines India’s achievements in the area of food and nutrition security, and explores what lessons India has to offer to other South countries, and the institutions through which such knowledge sharing may be accomplished. High economic growth in India in the last three decades has been accompanied with increased agricultural production with sufficient buffer stocks of foodgrains in government godowns (warehouses).

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