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Processing technologies for undervalued grains in rural India: on target to help the poor?

Evan J. Miller-Tait (), Sandeep Mohapatra (), Martin Luckert and Brent M. Swallow ()
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Evan J. Miller-Tait: University of Alberta
Sandeep Mohapatra: University of Alberta
Brent M. Swallow: University of Alberta

Food Security: The Science, Sociology and Economics of Food Production and Access to Food, 2019, vol. 11, issue 1, No 15, 166 pages

Abstract: Abstract Finger millet (ragi) is increasingly recognized as a nutritious staple by Indian consumers and policy makers. Though previously regarded as a poor person’s crop, the benefits of enhanced ragi consumption may bypass the poor. Because home processing is arduous, small flour mills have been introduced to help. With geo-referenced survey data from a pilot area in the Kolli Hills region of Tamil Nadu, India, we examined determinants of mill use and use intensity employing a two stage multinomial selection model. Overall, we found that the mill technology was not pro-poor, in that poor people do not tend to use the mills more than wealthier people, or use them at higher rates. We identified the location of mills as being a key factor in preventing more use of mills by the poor. Therefore, to better serve the poor, external agencies would have to deliberately locate mills in poor communities. For this to be feasible, changes to make this technology work better with poor communities may be required, such as the use of less capital intensive technology such as hand- or pedal-power, rather than reliance on electrical power.

Keywords: Mill use; India; Nutrition; Women; Adoption; Multiple-selection model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1007/s12571-018-0881-5

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