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Has Dietary Transition Slowed Down in India: An analysis based on 50th, 61st and 66th Rounds of NSS

  • Raghav Gaiha
  • Nidhi Kaicker
  • Katsushi Imai
  • Vani S. Kulkarni
  • Ganesh Thapa

Our study examines changes in diets over the period 1993-2009. Diets have shifted away from cereals towards higher consumption of fruits, vegetables, oils and livestock products. Using household data, a food diversity index (FDI) is constructed, based on five food commodities. Significant price effects that vary over time are confirmed, as also income/expenditure effects. Over and above these effects, more sedentary life styles and less strenuous activity patterns played a significant role in shaping dietary patterns. An important finding is slowing down of dietary transition among the poor - especially in rural areas - in the more recent sub-period 2004-09. Clues relate to weakening of agreed food price, expenditure and life-style effects.

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Paper provided by The Australian National University, Australia South Asia Research Centre in its series ASARC Working Papers with number 2012-07.

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Date of creation: 2012
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