The Long-Term Food Outlook for India

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1998-05-01
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Mohanty, Samarendu
Alexandratos, Nikos
Bruinsma, Jelle
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Center for Agricultural and Rural Development

The Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) conducts innovative public policy and economic research on agricultural, environmental, and food issues. CARD uniquely combines academic excellence with engagement and anticipatory thinking to inform and benefit society.

CARD researchers develop and apply economic theory, quantitative methods, and interdisciplinary approaches to create relevant knowledge. Communication efforts target state and federal policymakers; the research community; agricultural, food, and environmental groups; individual decision-makers; and international audiences.

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Projections indicate that by the middle of the next century the population of India will exceed that of China, and the country's rate of food consumption will increase. By contrast, Indian agricultural production has slowed significantly in the 1990s. Because the growth rates of consumption and production are moving in opposite directions, policymakers and researchers should be concerned with analyzing the food outlook for India. This study provides long-term demand and supply projections for cereals including wheat, rice, corn, sorghum, and other grains.

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