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Can better governance improve food security? An assessment of the public food distribution system in Odisha, India

Anjani Kumar (), Shinoj Parappurathu, Suresh C. Babu () and P. K. Joshi ()
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Suresh C. Babu: International Food Policy Research Institute
P. K. Joshi: NASC Complex

Food Security: The Science, Sociology and Economics of Food Production and Access to Food, 2017, vol. 9, issue 6, 1433-1445

Abstract: Abstract Governance of food distribution systems as part of social safety net programs continues to be a major concern for policy makers in developing countries. In this paper we assess how successful recent initiatives in governance of public food distribution (PDS) in the Indian state of Odisha have been in dealing with inefficiencies that have long plagued it. Analysis, based on data from the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) and micro-level evidence obtained from Village Level Studies (VLS), indicate a marked revival in governance of food distribution in the state with several positive outcomes. These include much wider coverage of PDS from 6.4% of households in 1993–1994 to 58.3% in 2011–2012, notable improvements in cereal consumption at the household level across both rural and urban areas and improved nutrition of a large segment of the socially and economically weaker sections of society.

Keywords: Governance; Food distribution system; Food security; Calorie intake; Under-nutrition; Social inclusion; Village level studies; Odisha; India (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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