Ashok Kotwal and Bharat Ramaswami – Food Security in India


India is on the brink of enacting a law to guarantee subsidised food to about two-thirds of its population. The proposed ‘right to food’ is contentious for its cost, coverage and efficacy. This lecture is about what reforms offer the best prospects. Bharat Ramaswami, Planning Unit, India Statistical Institute and Ashok Kotwal, Economics, UBC. This reading is part of the ongoing Green College Principal’s thematic series, “Public Health Law and Policy in Asia.”


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Dixit, A. (2011). Poverty and food security in Gujarat, India. The European Journal of Development Research, 23(1), 129-150. doi:10.1057/ejdr.2010.36. [Link]

Gustafson, D. (2013). Rising food costs & global food security: Key issues & relevance for India. Indian Journal of Medical Research, 138(3), 398-410. [Link]

Rao, V. S. (2012). India’s food bill will not provide the security it claims. BMJ (Clinical Research Ed.), 344, e3194.


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