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Moving towards sustainable food systems: a review of Indian food policy budgets

Brown, K. A., Venkateshmurthy, N. S., Law, C. ORCID:, Harris, F., Kadiyala, S., Shankar, B., Mohan, S., Prabhakaran, D. and Knai, C. (2021) Moving towards sustainable food systems: a review of Indian food policy budgets. Global Food Security, 28. 100462. ISSN 2211-9124

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Moving towards sustainable food systems is a complex problem, which requires high level co-ordination, coherence, and integration of national food policy. The aim of this study is to explore where environmental sustainability is integrated into national food policy in India. A scoping review of food policies was conducted, and findings mapped to ministerial responsibility, estimated budget allocation, and relevant Sustainable Development Goals. Fifty-two policies were identified, under the responsibility of 10 ministries, and with relevance to six Sustainable Development Goals. Content analysis identified references to environmental sustainability were concentrated in policies with the smallest budgetary allocation. Resources together with political will are required to integrate environmental sustainability into food policies and avoid conflicts with more well-established health, societal, and economic priorities.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Interdisciplinary Research Centres (IDRCs) > Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health (IFNH)
Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Department of Agri-Food Economics & Marketing
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