Despite rich in natural resources such as water, fertile soil, mineral reserves and sun, Bihar and Odisha have not been able to capitalize upon their vast resources due lack of infrastructure (like roads, power and markets), concentration of the poor population with high density in most parts, weak institutions (such as credit, insurance, education and extension) and weak governance.
Cross-posted from the FSP India website written by Jaspreet Aulakh Global demand for pulses is rapidly increasing. As noted in a recent editorial, filling the demand-supply gap will be critical. For the South Asia region, pulses are traditionally important food commodities and cheap sources of protein. The region is now experiencing shortages of pulses whichRead more
Cross-posted from the FSP India website written by Bas Paris A paper in Food Policy provides a review of various studies on the impacts of agricultural interventions on the nutritional status in South Asia. Past review exercises and studies have analysed the available evidences to understand the ways in which agriculture can be leveraged toRead more
Cross-posted from the FSP India website written by Rachel Kohn India is both the largest producer and consumer of pulses in the world, with production and consumption preferences within the country varying by region. In terms of cultivation, for example, the country had 72 percent of the total global area of pigeon peas, 68 percentRead more
Despite being the largest producer in the world, India has persistently faced a deficit in pulses for over two decades. For the past three decades, the annual production of pulses in the country has stagnated at around 11-14 million tons. With limited production and rising demand (because of increase in population), the resulting demand-supply gapRead more
Every year close to the budget dates in February, newspapers and magazines publish industry experts ideas and opinion on what to expect from the Budget and what not to expect from the Budget. This year IFPRI researchers have listed priorities to be included in the upcoming BUDGET 2015. Dr. Devesh Roy, Research Fellow, IFPRI articleRead more
The per capita demand for pulses is declining in India. Yet they remain a cheap and an important source of protein. On the supply side, pulses’ production had hovered around 11 and 14 million tons during the last three decades. Stagnation in production has led to rise in the prices of pulses that further affectedRead more
Pulses are important source of protein for Indian consumers but their availability has declined from 60 grams per person in 1960 to 35 grams per person in 2010. It is because pulses production is not keeping pace with the rising demand. Growing supply-demand gap is leading to rising prices of pulses and keeping them awayRead more