India's Quest towards Food Security

Ramachandran, P. (2015) India's Quest towards Food Security. Journal of Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences University, 4 (1). pp. 1-7.

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Abstract

India is home to one-sixth of the global population. When India became independent in 1947, the country was not self-sufficient in food production and did not have an appropriate food distribution system. There were pockets in the country which faced threat of famine and starvation whenever monsoon failed or staple production was low. Over three fourth of the population was poor, food insecure and suffered from chronic macro and micro nutrient deficiencies. High prevalence of infections due to poor access to safe drinking water, sanitation, overcrowded and ill ventilated housing led to loss of nutrients. Lack of access to health care facilities and poor utilization of even the available health care facilities due to low literacy and lack of awareness, prolonged the illness and increased the nutrition toll of infection. Famine and starvation hit the headlines because they were acute, localised, caused profound suffering and fatalities. Wide spread silent problem of chronic low food intake resulting in undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies (directly or indirectly) caused more deaths than famine but these were unrecognised and not reported

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Food Production, Population, Deficiencies, Nutrient, Development, Health
Author Affiliation: Director, Nutrition Foundation of India, New Delhi - 110016, India
Subjects: Postharvest Management
Social Sciences > Postharvest Management
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Mr T L Gautham
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2016 03:49
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2016 03:49
URI: http://eprints.icrisat.ac.in/id/eprint/14291

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