Feeding India: Poverty, prices and value chains
With India’s massive poverty, food issues rank high on the policy agenda, including food consumption and food prices, and the income and power distribution along the food value chains. In recent work, NUPI researchers and partners have shed new light on key issues in the field.
At this seminar, findings from the research project Food Security in India: The Interactions of Climate Change, Economics, Politics and Trade (FOODSEC) will be presented, together with an India-related study from the project Traders in the food value chain.
In the latter project, Meenakshi Rajeev has studied the transition of the Indian fisheries sector with trade, distribution channels and value chains in rapid transformation, and with considerable impact on producers, workers and consumers.
From the FOODSEC project, Arne Dulsrud and Unni Kjærnes will present evidence on the determinants of food consumption in India, based on new survey data from rural villages and urban slums.
Arne Melchior will present new empirical evidence on the large food price dispersion across Indian states, and the determinants of these price differences.
Addressing climate change, Fenella Carpena will present findings from an econometric study that shows how droughts have a negative impact on the quantity as well as the quality of food consumption in rural India, and the main driver for this is income change rather than food availability as such.
The event will be live streamed on NUPI's YouTube channel:
Value chains in India’s fisheries sector,Meenakshi Rajeev (Institute for Social and Economic Change – ISEC)
Food price differences across Indian states. Arne Melchior (NUPI)
Short lunch break
Food consumption and poverty: Evidence from Bihar and Karnataka. Arne Dulsrud and Unni Kjærnes (OsloMet/SIFO)
Droughts, household food consumption and nutritional intake: A study of rural India, Fenella Carpena (OsloMet/formerly NUPI)
2013 - 2016 (Completed)
Climate change threatens the food production systems and livelihoods of a significant proportion of the population in India.
2014 - 2019 (Ongoing)
The project focuses on patterns of distribution in Norway's seafood exports and agricultural trade (exports and imports).