The Public Distribution System and food security in India

George, Neetu Abey and McKay, Fiona H. 2019, The Public Distribution System and food security in India, International journal of environmental research and public health, vol. 16, no. 17, pp. 1-14, doi: 10.3390/ijerph16173221.

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Title The Public Distribution System and food security in India
Author(s) George, Neetu Abey
McKay, Fiona H.ORCID iD for McKay, Fiona H.
Journal name International journal of environmental research and public health
Volume number 16
Issue number 17
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Publisher Molecular Diversity Preservation International
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2019-09-03
ISSN 1661-7827
Keyword(s) India
National Food Security Act
Public Distribution System
food security
Summary The Public Distribution System (PDS) of India plays a crucial role in reducing food insecurity by acting as a safety net by distributing essentials at a subsidised rate. While the PDS forms a cornerstone of government food and nutrition policy, India continues to be home to a large population of hungry and malnourished people. This review seeks to explore the functioning and efficiency of the PDS in achieving food and nutritional security in India. A comprehensive and systematic search using the key terms "food insecurity" OR "food security" AND "Public Distribution System" OR "PDS" OR "TPDS" AND "India" identified 23 articles which met the inclusion criteria. This review draws attention to the lack of published literature in areas of PDS and food security in India. The findings of the review emphasise the role of PDS in tackling hunger and malnutrition while highlighting its limited role in improving food security and childhood mortality due to operational inefficiencies. The PDS has the potential to act as a solution to food insecurity in India if the operational inefficiencies and environmental footprints are addressed by adequate policy reforms.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/ijerph16173221
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Field of Research MD Multidisciplinary
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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