Food Prices, Health and Nutrition: Red-flag indicators for the 12th Plan
The long-term impacts of food inflation on the rural and urban poor are yielding worrying indicators in India’s nutrition and health sectors. Analysing new data from the NSSO’s 66th Round and recent trends in retail food prices, the author establishes that households in the lower deciles of consumption in both rural and urban areas have been hurt the most by the steep rise in the real retail prices of cereals during 2003 to 2009-10. It is recommended that the Twelfth Five Year document should adopt a multi-disciplinary approach for strengthening the links between the outcomes for access to safe and nutritious food, the household cost of such food, balanced nutrition and good health.
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