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