PDS contributes to food security, research finds
-The Times of India
Salem: Salem Periyar University and University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, have jointly conducted a research on the public distribution system (PDS) in selected rural areas of Salem district since 2017.
At the end of two-year research, the team has found that the PDS has great support among its users in rural areas and contributed positively to food security
Vice-chancellor of Periyar University P Kolandaivel said, “In the coming months, the team will be making recommendations to enhance nutritional security of PDS offerings, to the state government.”
The team of professors, including principal investigators of the project A Elangovan, head of the department of commerce, and Hulya Dagdeviran, professor of economic development of Hertfordshire Business School, handed over their research findings as a report to Kolandaivel on Wednesday.
While addressing reporters, Hulya Dagdeviran said the interdisciplinary team consists of research staff from food science, economics, law and commerce. The Rs-1.8 crore project, funded by the UGC-UKIERI for three years, undertakes work starting from data collection to policy recommendations.
Food insecurity in its different forms is most widespread amongst landless households and agricultural workers and least prevalent amongst larger land holders with 5-plus acres and those in non-agricultural employment. “Shift to annual cash crops such as sugarcane is affecting availability of agricultural employment opportunities,” she said.
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