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Trade, Markets and Food Security in India: Issues and Prospects

C. S. Sundaresan* and P. V. Rajeev**

23.1 Introduction

One of the significant developments in the Indian food security front has been the initiation of the National Food Security Bill, 2010. It envisages establishing the scope of a conventional supply side management of the food sector, and therefore aims to provide subsidized food to all the poor. At the same time, it endorses the Rome declaration (at the World Food Summit, 1996) that the state reaffirms the right of everyone to have an economic and physical access to food—which is safe and nutritious. It seems that while the Rome declaration envisages a demand side management of food (market access), the Indian approach remains ...

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