S. Chandrasekhar, Indira Gandhi Institute for Development Research (IGIDR), India
Agriculture-Nutrition Linkages and Policies in India
The presentation will straddle two issues - implications of the occupation structure for agriculture-nutrition linkages and the attempts to address the disconnect between agricultural and nutrition policies. A distinct feature of India's growth process is the slow movement of workers out of the low productivity agricultural sector. We will first focus on the changing occupation structure in rural India. Numbers from Census of India 2011 indicate a decline in the number of cultivators and an increase in number of agricultural labourers and other workers. Poverty is concentrated among households engaged in agricultural labour and safety nets like the public distribution system are important for this section of the population. Drawing on ongoing research from the ‘Tackling the Agriculture-Nutrition Disconnect in India – II’ (TANDI II) project, we will then examine recent developments in the policy arena, with special reference to the public distribution system.