Friday, August 16, 2013

New Books: Feeding India Livelihoods, Entitlements and Capabilities By Bill Pritchard, Anu Rammohan, Madhushree Sekher, S. Parasuraman, Chetan Choithani (9 Aug 2013)

Feeding India

Livelihoods, Entitlements and Capabilities

By Bill PritchardAnu RammohanMadhushree SekherS. ParasuramanChetan Choithani

Routledge – 2013 – 194 pages
Food security is one of the twenty-first century’s key global challenges, and lessons learned from India have particular significance worldwide. Not only does India account for approximately one quarter of the world’s under-nourished persons, it also provides a worrying case of how rapid economic growth may not provide an assumed panacea to food security.
This book takes on this challenge. It explains how India’s chronic food security problem is a function of a distinctive interaction of economic, political and environmental processes. It contends that under-nutrition and hunger are lagging components of human development in India precisely because the interfaces between these aspects of the food security problem have not been adequately understood in policy-making communities. Only through an integrative approach spanning the social and environmental sciences, are the fuller dimensions of this problem revealed. A well-rounded appreciation of the problem is required, informed by the FAO’s conception of food security as encompassing availability (production), access (distribution) and utilisation (nutritional content), as well as by Amartya Sen’s notions of entitlements and capabilities.
2. The Dynamics of Under-nutrition in India
3. Holding Out the Begging Bowl No More: India as Food Self-sufficient but Food Insecure
4. Food Security through Agriculture-based Livelihood Strategies
5. Food Security through the Non-agricultural Economy
6. Food Security through Social Safety Net Programs
7. India’s Brave New World of Food Security Policy: E-Governance and Cash Transfers
8. Conclusion

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