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Cornell University

Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition

Author: Raghav Puri

Reducing the True Cost of Food-Based Safety Nets: Evidence from India’s Subsidized Food Program

Abstract Public procurement of food plays a pivotal role in determining the production and consumption of various food items. This is particularly true for staple grains in countries such as India, where the government procures over 40 percent of rice and wheat. This grain is...

Improving In-Kind Food-Based Safety Nets: The Case of India’s Public Distribution System

Abstract A leading economist recently stated that “food security may be the defining global challenge of the Century.” And in underscoring the importance of social protection, the head of an international organization declared that “[w]e must recognize, share, scale up and build on these successful...