Ricebean (FOSRIN): Food security through ricebean research in India and Nepal

Ricebean (Vigna umbellata) is a potentially important but underutilised grain legume grown as an intercrop in W, N and E India and Nepal, suitable for marginal areas, but with few improved varieties, and very poor seed supply. Working with farmers, this EU FP7 INCO-DEV project will identify genotypes and parents for breeding programmes, assess genetic diversity, collect germplasm, and catalogue indigenous knowledge. We will assess effects on human nutrition and assess environmental adaptation.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Food demand projections, India, 2020

The Global Development Network (GDN) has advertised on its web site a study by S. Mittal, (Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations ICRIER) on " Structural shift in demand for food: projections for 2020 Does everyone have access to enough quantities of food to meet his dietary needs?".

I haven't yet read the report but I presume it will have some relevance for our project.

The report can be downloaded from the ICRIER web site.


  • At 11:29 AM, Blogger Peter Andersen said…

    Thanks Rolf, very interesting report. It shows that there is a good deal of elasticity in purchase of quality foods, the original NSSO 55 also shows it with reference to pulses, where very poor people only purchase about half as much as better of. However, the expenditure does not tell us too much about household consumption of wn produce, and we do not have similar statistics from Nepal. I have applied for access to the NSSO expenditure data but they react rather slowly. The data have been used by Alexander Stein/Qaim/Meenakshi from Hohenheim/IFPRI for work on biofortification.


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