Population and Foodgrain Output in India: A Note on Disparate Growth Rates

  • Ashok Mitra
Part of the International Economic Association Series book series (IEA)


This short paper has a modest objective. In recent years, attention has been increasingly concentrated on the difficulties India has been experiencing in feeding her growing population. An attempt has been made below to analyse the data relating to the contrasting rates of growth of foodgrain output and population in the country as a whole and in the different constituent states. Some implications of these diverse rates of growth in terms of policy-making are mentioned; the discussion concludes with a reference to the alternative possibilities of economic growth germane in the situation.


Population Growth Capita Production Resource Endowment Decline Death Rate Commercial Crop 


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© International Economic Association 1970

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ashok Mitra
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  1. 1.Agricultural Prices CommissionGovernment of IndiaNew DelhiIndia

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