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Transformation and DevelopmentThe Political Economy of Transition in India and China$
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Amiya Kumar Bagchi and Anthony P. D'Costa

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780198082286

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198082286.001.0001

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Government Policy and the Distribution of Grain

Government Policy and the Distribution of Grain

Revisiting the Reform of Agricultural Institutions in China and India

(p.70) 3 Government Policy and the Distribution of Grain
Transformation and Development

Amiya Kumar Bagchi

Anthony P. D’Costa

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyzes the food grain supply chain in India and China. It starts by examining the changing contexts of food security in both countries, and the implications for domestic reforms of agricultural institutions. It then reviews how these reforms have impacted the ability of these countries to provide food grain availability to poorer sections of the population. It introduces a supply chain methodology to map out how food grain procurement and distribution takes place within the agricultural institutional framework in India and China. The existing supply chains in the agricultural sector are subsequently reviewed to identify capacities and constraints in the supply chain. Finally, the chapter comments on the future implications of changes in the agricultural supply chain in both countries for food security and poverty reduction.

Keywords:   food grain supply comparisons, supply chain, food security, agricultural reform, agricultural policy, food availability, agricultural institutions, food chain methodology, food grain procurement

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