The impact of public foodgrain distribution on food consumption and welfare in Sri Lanka

Gavan, J.D. and Chandrasekera, I.S. (1979) The impact of public foodgrain distribution on food consumption and welfare in Sri Lanka. Other. International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, USA.

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The operation of the public food distribution system in Sri Lanka is explored. Budget subsidies on rice distribution began in the late 1940s, and in 1971 and 1972 67% of the island's rice consumption was channelled through the distribution scheme at considerable cost. Soon after, adverse developments in Sri Lanka's foreign trade sector and failure of domestic rice harvests led to reductions in the benefits accruing through the scheme. The public rice distribution system is reviewed from its inception until the changes introduced in 1978. The available evidence on food consumption and nutrition is surveyed, and the development of the rice ration and procurement schemes is explored, together with their impact on the rice economy. Time series (1950-1976) and household (1969-70) data are used to determine the impact of the rice distribution scheme on food consumption and calorie and protein intake in both the aggregate and within each income group. Some of the fiscal and social costs of operating the system and the distribution of aggregate benefits under different assumptions of foreign exchange rates are discussed

Item Type: Monograph (Other)
Author Affiliation: IFPRI, Washington, D.C., USA
Subjects: Social Sciences > Marketing
Crop Improvement > Seed Technology
Divisions: Other Crops
Depositing User: Ms K Syamalamba
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2012 10:15
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2012 10:15

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