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Undernutrition, Agriculture and Public Provisioning
The Impact on Women and Children in India

ISBN 9780367361723
Published May 11, 2020 by Routledge
262 Pages 35 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Using quantitative techniques, this volume provides empirical evidence on the crucial role of public provisioning of food, water, sanitation and health care in reducing undernutrition among women and children in India. The linkages are cogently explored and connected to the sustainable development goals.

Key data comes from recent large secondary sources at district, household and individual levels and the econometric methodologies are clearly explained. Taken as a whole, it highlights the effects of public provisioning on malnutrition and identifies the relative importance of agricultural growth in resolving the nutrition problems in rural and semi-urban areas of India.

This edited volume will be valuable reading for advanced graduate students, researchers and practitioners in development economics, development studies, and nutrition and public health.

Table of Contents



R. Radhakrishna


J.V. Meenakshi

List of Tables

List of Figures

List of Appendices

List of Contributors

  1. Introduction: Nutritional Wellbeing of Women and Children in India
  2. Swarna Sadasivam Vepa and Brinda Viswanathan

  3. Child Underweight, Agricultural land productivity and Public Provisioning
  4. Swarna Sadasivam Vepa, Rohit Parasar and Brinda Viswanathan

  5. Child Nutrition: Linkages to Agriculture
  6. Anusha G and Swarna Sadasivam Vepa

  7. Women’s BMI in Rural India: A comparison of Farm and Non-farm Households
  8. Brinda Viswanathan and Getsie Immanuel

  9. Nutrition Opportunity Index: An assessment of Indian Children
  10. Naline G and Brinda Viswanathan

  11. Nutritional status of Women Across Social Groups:
  12. Swarna Sadasivam Vepa and Rohit Parasar

  13. Access to Milk and Milk Products and Child Nutrition
  14. Rohit Parasar and R.V. Bhavani

  15. Conclusions: Are we on the right path to achieve better nutrition?

Swarna Sadasivam Vepa


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Swarna Sadasivam Vepa is a research consultant and visiting professor at the Madras School of Economics (MSE), India. She teaches graduate courses in Indian economic development and development economics. She has taught agricultural economics, microeconomics and macroeconomics courses to undergraduate and graduate students. Recently, she worked as a full-time research consultant on social inclusion at the Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad, and as a full-time consultant on the Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia project of UK AID. Her research interests include dryland agriculture, food security, nutrition, social inclusion and gender issues.

Brinda Viswanathan, PhD, is Professor at the Madras School of Economics, Chennai, and teaches courses in Indian economic development, development economics and quantitative economics for post-graduate students. Her research interest is in the broad area of development economics and applied econometrics. She regularly contributes as a resource person for workshops and training programmes for college teachers, PhD students and government officials on statistical and econometric techniques and evidence-based policy-making for India’s development.


"This book provides a focused discussion on wellbeing of women and children in India through the lens of agriculture, and public sector interventions for better health. With growing interest and global awareness on public health issues, this book will serve as an essential resource for teachers, scholars, and policymakers." Dr. Divya Balasubramaniam, Associate Professor of Economics, Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia PA, USA.