Muchomba, Felix M. & Kaushal, Neeraj (2017). Effect of Food Subsidies on Micronutrient Consumption. Indian Journal of Human Development, 10(3), 1-19. Retrieved from https://doi.org/doi:10.7282/T33R0W9D
AbstractIn this article, we study the effect of an exogenous increase in wheat and rice price subsidy to poor families resulting from a targeted food price subsidy program in India called the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) on micronutrient intake in low-income families. Descriptive results show that wheat and rice have one of the lowest micronutrient density scores, suggesting that these are poor suppliers of micronutrients. Empirical analysis suggests that the increase in subsidy amount of Rs. 15-18 resulting from the TPDS expansion lowered calcium intake by 12-14 percent and had negligible to small (often negative) effects on the consumption of most micronutrients.
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