Dear Reader,


Thank you for your interest. In this book, we discuss developing a diversified, sustainable and resilient agricultural system, reducing food waste & loss in the supply chain, developing the nonfarm sector, extending safetynets & reducing the TripleBurdenofMalnutrition to achieve nutritionsecurity by 2050. We present & discuss opportunities & challenges that urbanization, demographic changes, rising obesity & NCDs, role of climatechange, staple grain fundamentalism in agriculture production, rising regional inequality pose for achieving nutrition security in 2050. To achieve nutrition security & to continue its meteoric rise, India, should integrate goals for economic development with gender equity, agricultural development & reduction in the TripleBurden while accounting for threats from climatechange.


The goal of the book is to provide a platform to bring together practitioners, researchers and policymakers & scholars like you who are currently engaged with these important questions. Capturing the vibrancy of your voices and your continued scholarship and engagement (on the ground, in the field, in policy circles, in board rooms and in homes) will be key to realizing a FoodSystems transition towards a nutrition secure future. I would love to hear your experiences, thoughts or research on this topic(s). You can reach me at aa693[at]cornell[dot]edu & anaka[dot]aiyar[at]gmail[dot]com.


Warm regards

Anaka is a post doctoral associate at the Tata Cornell Institute at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Her research interests lie at the intersection of health and development economics.



Chapter 1. Indian Food Systems towards 2050: Challenges and Opportunities


Chapter 2. Economic Growth, Agriculture and Food Systems: Explaining Regional Diversity


Chapter 3. Rural Livelihood Challenges: Moving out of Agriculture


Chapter 4. Diet Diversity and the Declining Importance of Staple Grains


Chapter 5. The Nutrition Transformation: From Undernutrition to Obesity


Chapter 6. Reimagining Safety Net Programs


Chapter 7. Enabling Smallholder Prosperity through Commercialization and Diversification


Chapter 8. Linking Farms to Markets: Reducing Transaction Costs and Enhancing Bargaining Power


Chapter 9. Agricultural Technology for Increasing Competitiveness of Small Holders


Chapter 10. Managing Climate Change Risks in Food Systems


Chapter 11. The Way Forward: Food Systems for Enabling Rural Prosperity and Nutrition Security


E-book available for free: 7th May, 2019