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Handbook on Food

Handbook on Food

Demand, Supply, Sustainability and Security

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Edited by Raghbendra Jha, Raghav Gaiha and Anil B. Deolalikar

The global population is forecasted to reach 9.4 billion by 2050, with much of this increase concentrated in developing regions and cities. Ensuring adequate food and nourishment to this large population is a pressing economic, moral and even security challenge and requires research (and action) from a multi-disciplinary perspective. This book provides the first such integrated approach to tackling this problem by addressing the multiplicity of challenges posed by rising global population, diet diversification and urbanization in developing countries and climate change.

Chapter 11: The political economy of dietary allowances

C. Sathyamala

Subjects: development studies, agricultural economics, development studies, economics and finance, agricultural economics, environment, agricultural economics, environmental sociology

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There is an assumption that dietary recommendations, including norms for nutritional requirements, have been arrived at through impartial inquiry. This chapter examines the proposition that, to the contrary, they are very much shaped by the socio-political contexts in which they are formulated. Based on a review of literature, key shifts in the development of nutrition are analysed to support this assertion.

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