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Food consumption and nutritional status in India: Emerging trends and perspectives


  • R. Radhakrishna

    () (Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research)


The paper reviews the trends over three decades in the consumption of cereals, calories and micronutrients and nutritional status based on anthropometric measures using the data sets of NSS, NNMB and NFHS. It provides an explanation for the slow growth of nutrient intake and slow reduction in malnutrition. The paper demonstrates that multiple factors influence the nutritional well-being of a child and argues that besides improving the income of a household, there is a need to improve the health and educational status of mothers.

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  • R. Radhakrishna, 2006. "Food consumption and nutritional status in India: Emerging trends and perspectives," Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai Working Papers 2006-008, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, India.
  • Handle: RePEc:ind:igiwpp:2006-008

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    1. R. Radhakrishna & C. Ravi, 1992. "Effects of Growth, Relative Price and Preferences on Food and Nutrition," Indian Economic Review, Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics, vol. 27, pages 303-323.
    2. Hanumantha Rao, C.H. & Radhakrishna, R., 1997. "National Food Security: A Policy Perspective for India," 1997 Conference, August 10-16, 1997, Sacramento, California 197030, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
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    1. Singh, Prakarsh, 2016. "Learning and Behavioral Spillovers of Nutritional Information," IZA Discussion Papers 10085, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    2. Singh, Prakarsh, 2011. "Performance Pay and Information: Reducing Child Malnutrition in Urban Slums," MPRA Paper 29403, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Singh, Prakarsh, 2015. "Performance pay and information: Reducing child undernutrition in India," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 112(C), pages 141-163.

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