Placing Food and Nutrition Security: The Co-Production Of Land, Dietary and Livelihood Relations In Four Sites Of Northern India

Tuesday, July 15, 2014: 8:54 AM
Room: Booth 61
Oral Presentation
Anu RAMMOHAN , University of Western Australia, Australia
Bill PRITCHARD , University of Sydney, Australia
Madhushree SEKHER , Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India
Patterns of land distribution in association with local agro-ecological conditions play crucial roles in shaping the dynamics of food and nutrition security in the global South. The relevance of 'the local' is highlighted in this paper, which examines the differences existing between four rural communities in northern India. Using evidence from 389 in-depth household interviews, the paper identifies the connections which exist between household assets, nutritional outcomes, and livelihood strategies. The paper argues that the considerable differences found by the study within and between case study communities underline the ongoing importance of processes of local embedding in determining food and nutrition security outcomes.