ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Food for Thought

Food for Thought THE budget season has produced many reviews of the economy. But not much attention is being paid to the recent trends in the production and consumption of foodgrains. Looking at production, it is worth recalling that net production per head had reached a level of about 450 grams per day even as early as 1961. That level would be enough to feed the whole population by acceptable norms, but for the extremely unequal distribution of income that leaves many in chronic hunger. True, net production per capita has crossed the 450 grams level, going above 500 in a few years during the 1980s and 1990s. But hunger and poverty persist. On the whole, irrespective of how the trend rates of growth are computed, large fluctuations are still the order of the day. Fluctuations fuel inflation.

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