Delivering Food Subsidy

Peer Reviewed
13 January 2014

Ashok Kotwal, Bharat Ramaswami

This article begins by tracing the development of the Indian model of food distribution. Food subsidies in India are delivered through the public distribution system, consisting of a network of retail outlets through which the government sells grain. The discussions then turn to the outcomes and the performance of the distribution system, food security legislation, the rights approach to food security, debates over food security legislation, lessons from social assistance programs across the world, and political opposition to cash transfers.


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Kotwal, A., & Ramaswami, B. (2014). Delivering Food Subsidy. Oxford Handbooks Online. doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195397772.013.014
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