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Poverty and food insecurity in India: A Disaggregated regional profile

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  • M.H. Suryanarayana

    () (Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research)

  • Dimitri Silva

    (International Poverty Centre)

Abstract

This study provides a profile of deprivation with respect to consumer expenditure, cereal consumption and energy intake across demographic and agro-climatic regions as defined by the National Sample Survey Organisation of India. It examines this evidence at the disaggregated level to verify whether a public distribution system (PDS) targeted with reference to estimates of poverty would end up penalizing the non-poor but food insecure. The empirical profiles have also useful policy relevance with respect to decentralized formulation and implementation of the PDS.

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  • M.H. Suryanarayana & Dimitri Silva, 2008. "Poverty and food insecurity in India: A Disaggregated regional profile," Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai Working Papers 2008-005, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, India.
  • Handle: RePEc:ind:igiwpp:2008-005
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    3. M. H. Suryanarayana & Dimitri Silva, 2007. "Is Targeting the Poor a Penalty on the Food Insecure? Poverty and Food Insecurity in India," Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 8(1), pages 89-107.
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    Keywords

    Consumer expenditure; food insecure; non-poor; poverty; public distribution system;

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    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty

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