Food and Nutrition Security Status in India Opportunities for Investment Partnerships

Publication | November 2010

India is a net agricultural exporter but food availability is threatened by the effects of climate change and declining water resources on agriculture output.

Economic access to food by about a fourth of India's population living below the poverty line is problematic. The level of malnutrition, especially among women and children, remains unacceptably high. This paper gives an overview of the various government programs and policies that seek to tackle food and nutrition security in India. Finding that government efforts alone and a business-as-usual stance have been inadequate, this paper explores opportunities for investment and knowledge partnerships between various players to help improve the status of food and nutrition security in India.


  • Abstract
  • Executive Summary
  • Backdrop and Conceptual Framework for Food and Nutrition Security
  • Availability of Food (Physical Access)
  • Accessibility of Food (Economic Access)
  • Absorption of Food (Nutritional Outcomes)
  • Opportunities for Linkages and Synergy for Investment Partnerships
  • Where Do We Head from Here?
  • Appendix. Selected Players Engaged in Farm-Firm Linkages in India
  • References

Additional Details

  • Agriculture and natural resources
  • Health
  • India
  • WPS102475
  • 2071-9450 (Print)

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