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Transforming Food Systems for a Rising India

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Brings a unique food systems perspective to the structural transformation debate by using an integrative framework to address food security

  • Extends the "farm to plate" view of food systems by integrating environmental sustainability with production and health and nutrition with consumption

  • Provides goals and sets a food systems agenda for 2030 and 2050 for different sub-national units in India, emphasizing policy and institutional interventions

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Indian Food Systems towards 2050: Challenges and Opportunities

    • Prabhu Pingali, Anaka Aiyar, Mathew Abraham, Andaleeb Rahman
    Pages 1-14Open Access
  3. Economic Growth, Agriculture and Food Systems: Explaining Regional Diversity

    • Prabhu Pingali, Anaka Aiyar, Mathew Abraham, Andaleeb Rahman
    Pages 15-45Open Access
  4. Rural Livelihood Challenges: Moving out of Agriculture

    • Prabhu Pingali, Anaka Aiyar, Mathew Abraham, Andaleeb Rahman
    Pages 47-71Open Access
  5. Diet Diversity and the Declining Importance of Staple Grains

    • Prabhu Pingali, Anaka Aiyar, Mathew Abraham, Andaleeb Rahman
    Pages 73-91Open Access
  6. The Nutrition Transformation: From Undernutrition to Obesity

    • Prabhu Pingali, Anaka Aiyar, Mathew Abraham, Andaleeb Rahman
    Pages 93-133Open Access
  7. Reimagining Safety Net Programs

    • Prabhu Pingali, Anaka Aiyar, Mathew Abraham, Andaleeb Rahman
    Pages 135-164Open Access
  8. Enabling Smallholder Prosperity through Commercialization and Diversification

    • Prabhu Pingali, Anaka Aiyar, Mathew Abraham, Andaleeb Rahman
    Pages 165-191Open Access
  9. Linking Farms to Markets: Reducing Transaction Costs and Enhancing Bargaining Power

    • Prabhu Pingali, Anaka Aiyar, Mathew Abraham, Andaleeb Rahman
    Pages 193-214Open Access
  10. Agricultural Technology for Increasing Competitiveness of Small Holders

    • Prabhu Pingali, Anaka Aiyar, Mathew Abraham, Andaleeb Rahman
    Pages 215-240Open Access
  11. Managing Climate Change Risks in Food Systems

    • Prabhu Pingali, Anaka Aiyar, Mathew Abraham, Andaleeb Rahman
    Pages 241-275Open Access
  12. The Way Forward: Food Systems for Enabling Rural Prosperity and Nutrition Security

    • Prabhu Pingali, Anaka Aiyar, Mathew Abraham, Andaleeb Rahman
    Pages 277-311Open Access
  13. Back Matter

    Pages 313-368

About this book

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. 


Authors and Affiliations

  • Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

    Prabhu Pingali, Anaka Aiyar, Mathew Abraham, Andaleeb Rahman

About the authors

Prabhu Pingali is Professor of Applied Economics and Founding Director of the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) at Cornell University.  Pingali is a member in the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and an AAEA Fellow.  He was president of the International Association of Agricultural Economists and has over three decades of experience working with some of the leading international agricultural development organizations.

Anaka Aiyar is Post-Doctoral Associate with the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI), Cornell University. Anaka obtained her PhD in Economics at the University of California, Riverside. Her research spans the area of health economics with a focus on developing countries. Prior to her PhD, she worked in India on field based action research projects, impact evaluations and has conducted market research for social entrepreneurs.

Mathew Abraham is Assistant Director of the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI), Cornell University. He has a PhD from the Department of International Economics and Management, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. He has over 15 years of research experience in agricultural development, agricultural markets and food security in developing countries.

Andaleeb Rahman is Post-Doctoral Associate at the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI), Cornell University.  His research spans food policy, rural transformation and the political economy of development with a geographical focus on India. He wrote his doctoral dissertation at the Indira Gandhi Institute for Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai.

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