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Government Policy and the Distribution of Grain

Amiya Kumar Bagchi and Anthony P. D’Costa

in Transformation and Development

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780198082286
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199082377 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198082286.003.0003
Government Policy and the Distribution of Grain

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This chapter analyzes the food grain supply chain in India and China. It starts by examining the changing contexts of food security in both countries, and the implications for domestic reforms of agricultural institutions. It then reviews how these reforms have impacted the ability of these countries to provide food grain availability to poorer sections of the population. It introduces a supply chain methodology to map out how food grain procurement and distribution takes place within the agricultural institutional framework in India and China. The existing supply chains in the agricultural sector are subsequently reviewed to identify capacities and constraints in the supply chain. Finally, the chapter comments on the future implications of changes in the agricultural supply chain in both countries for food security and poverty reduction.

Keywords: food grain supply comparisons; supply chain; food security; agricultural reform; agricultural policy; food availability; agricultural institutions; food chain methodology; food grain procurement

Chapter.  9574 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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