Food Inflation in India: Implications for Food Security and Policy Options

S. Mahendra Dev, Vijay Laxmi Pandey, Andaleeb Rahman | 2015 

The significant increase in food prices in recent years tends to undermine the food security and livelihoods of the most vulnerable. Poor spend a large proportion of their income on food and have little capacity to adapt to prices rise. The increase in food prices leads to poor outcomes in nutrition, health, and education of children, through four pathways: impact on poverty; macroeconomic impact and its effect on employment and the social sector; impact on nutrition and social protection programs; and women’s well-being and intra-household decision making.