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Food Security and Food Production

Institutional Challenges in Governance Domain

Editor(s): C. Sheela Reddy
Contributors: Vinay Lohia, Swati Narayan, Shyamili Singh, Satyam Sunkari, Subhash Chandra Roy, Rajeswari Sarala Raina,

Book Description

The food security of a nation is largely dependent on its ecological foundation. In India, competition for water, land, human, and financial resources, and the suitability of the existing institutional system in ensuring food security require the attention of both policy makers and planners. Food crops have to compete for water and various other needs with commercial crops. Water, the core requirement for food production, is becoming increasingly scarce in many parts of India. Land is also crucial in food production, especially with regards to soil fertility. However, lands traditionally used for growing crops are increasingly used instead for various other purposes. The balancing of the expectations of farmers in the markets, for want of better prices, with the national objective of food security is imperative in this climate. This necessitates public investment in agriculture, including seed supply, soil health initiatives, and pest control.

The institutional challenges in ensuring food security in India are currently under-explored, with more discussion on entitlements and rights, in relation to food security, but less attention on the public institutions that are likely to play a critical role. Public institutions, through the use of policies, schemes and programmes, need to address the issues which impinge on the ecological foundation of food security, while the governance architecture related to this has to integrate the public distribution system properly. This book addresses these challenges and offers insights into what changes need to be made to ensure food security in India.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-7820-3
ISBN-10: 1-4438-7820-0
Date of Publication: 01/09/2015
Pages / Size: 235 / A5
Price: £52.99


Dr C. Sheela Reddy is Associate Professor of Socio-Political Development (Applied Social Science) at the Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi. She holds MA, MPhil, and PhD degrees, and has 17 years of teaching and research experience to her credit. Her broad areas of interest include governance, public policy issues, and international relations. She has visited Sri Lanka, France, the UK, and Singapore on academic assignments, and has authored three books and written extensively on issues pertaining to governance, foreign direct investment, social security, and development. She is a member of several professional bodies, and has participated in, and presented papers at, a number of national and international seminars and conferences.