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Essays on Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition

R. Radhakrishna (Author)

Praise for this book Professor Radhakrishna’s works reflect the highest professional standards at home and abroad and are always set in the background of his commitment to human welfare, particularly of the dispossessed sections of society. These books will remain as reference manuals for teachers, researchers and policy analysts of the economy. —Y.K. Alagh, Chancellor, Central University of Gujarat, Gandhi Nagar  This volume is a treasure chest. Over the decades, with the clarity of an expert and critical user of statistical evidence, Prof. Radhakrishna has dedicated his economics to practical objectives of the first importance. He has mobilised and justified powerful arguments for egalitarian development. As a close observer of the economic roles of poor people, he knows them to be a vital resource and their food supply, their nutrition and their livelihoods to be top priorities for public action. He also sees social policy as economic policy. This fascinating volume also traces the changing contexts of his critical and constructive engagement with big policy questions of agriculture, food and nutrition: infrastructure, subsidies, buffers and the terms and conditions of the public control of food. This volume is enduringly relevant. —Barbara Harriss-White, Emeritus Professor of Development Studies, Oxford University, and Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, UK This excellent timely volume is a welcome addition to the literature on diverse aspects of Indian agriculture, employment, food security and nutrition by an author, who spent decades researching on these issues, at a time when the interest on agricultural performance and its role in overall development and poverty reduction and food and nutrition security is at an all-time high. What is most interesting is the fact that Prof. Radhakrishna brilliantly delineates in every paper the interface between these various aspects with exceptional conceptual clarity and empirical rigour drawing on diverse data sources. This volume likewise will be indispensable and valuable reading for students, researchers and policy-oriented practitioners of India’s economic development.—K. Subba Rao, Consultant, Poverty and Social Protection; Former Professor of Economics at the Institute of Economic Growth, and Lead Economist, The World Bank Professor Radhakrishna’s comprehensive analysis of consumer behaviour, food security and nutrition will help in designing appropriate policies for inclusive development and for rapidly achieving majority of the sustainable development goals of the United Nation for India.—Chandrashekhar G. Ranade, Professor, University of Bridgeport and Stratford University, USA   

Contents: Preface. 1. Agriculture, Food Security, and Nutrition: Context and Overview. I. Agriculture: 2. Indian Agriculture at 2000: Strategies for Equity. 3. Issues of Employment and Agricultural Strategy. 4. Political Economy of Grain Market Intervention in India. 5. Foodgrain Sector: Growth, Equity and Market Intervention. 6. Food, Nutrition and Prices: Some Macro Issues. 7. Food Demand and the Poor in India: Emerging Trends and Perspectives with Liberalisation. 8. Agricultural Growth, Employment and Poverty: A Policy Perspective. II. Food Security: 9. Food Security, Public Distribution and Price Policy. 10. Food Trends, Public Distribution System and Food Security Concerns. 11. India’s Public Distribution System: A National and International Perspective. 12. National Food Security: A Policy Perspective for India. 13. Improving Food Security for the Poor Nutrition. 14. Food and Nutrition: Challenges for Policy. 15. Food and Nutrition Security for India. 16. Changing Food Preferences, Nutritional Intake, and Nutritional Status: Emerging Perspectives and Issues. 17. Efficacy of the Integrated Child Development Services Programme. 18. Food and Nutrition Security of the Poor: Emerging Perspectives and Policy Issues. 19. Emerging Nutritional Trends in India and Their Implications.  

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About the author

R. Radhakrishna

R. Radhakrishna is Director, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR) in Mumbai since March 2001. From April 1998 to March 2001, he was the Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University. After his doctorate from Gokhale Institute of Economics and Politics, Pune, Prof. Radhakrishna had about three decades of career in research, teaching and administration of academic institutions. He was the Member Secretary, ICSSR and was the Director, Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad. He was the recipient of VKRV Rao Price in social Science Research for his significant contribution in the field of Economics. He was President of the Agricultural Marketing Society and of the Indian society of Labour Economics for the Year 2001. He was a consultant to international organisations like ABD, FAO, The world Bank and UNDP and UNESCO. He was a member of several Government Committees including the Expert Group on Estimation of Proportion and Number of Poor (Lakdawala Committee), Planning Commission, Government of India (1989-93) and High Power Committee for Long term Grain Policy (Abhijit Sen Committee), Government of India, 2000-02.

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Title Essays on Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition
Format Hardcover
Date published: 27.07.2019
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789332704800
length 576p.