Food Security Bill 2013 of India – A Retrospective Analysis

Haans J Freddy


Food Security means that all people at all times have physical and economic access to adequate amounts of nutritious, safe, and culturally appropriate food, which are produced in an environmentally sustainable and socially just manner, and that people are able to make informed decisions about their food choices. Food Security also means that the people who produce our food are able to earn a decent, living wage growing, catching, producing, processing, transporting, retailing, and serving food. At the core of food security is access to healthy food and optimal nutrition for all. Food access is closely linked to food supply, so food security is dependent on a healthy and sustainable food system. A food system includes the production, processing, distribution, marketing, acquisition, and consumption of food. This article examines the Food Security Bill 2013 of India and reports its benefits and also possible changes that can be taken into account to enable more food and nutritional security for people living in poverty and below poverty conditions in the country.

Keywords: Food Security; Food Security Bill India; Nutritional Security

Submitted: 15 November 2012; Revised 26 November 2013; Accepted for publication: 2 December 2013; Published: 20 December 2013

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