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Choudhury, Samira, Shankar, Bhavani, Aleksandrowicz, Lukasz, Tak, Mehroosh, Green, Rosemary, Harris, Francesca, Scheelbeek, Pauline and Dangour, Alan D. (2020) 'What underlies inadequate and unequal fruit and vegetable consumption in India? An exploratory analysis.' Global Food Security, 24 (100332). p. 100332.

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Adequate consumption of fruit and vegetables is key to improved diet-related health in India. We analyse fruit and vegetable consumption in the Indian population using National Sample Survey data. A series of regressions is estimated to characterise the distribution of household fruit and vegetable consumption and explore key socio-economic and food system drivers of consumption. Household income and price are important correlates, but consumption is also higher where households are headed by females, are rural, or involve agricultural livelihoods. Caste is an important source of inequality, particularly amongst those with low consumption, with Scheduled Tribes consuming less F&V than others. We also find preliminary evidence that formal agricultural market infrastructure is positively associated with fruit and vegetable consumption in India.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Economics
Departments and Subunits > Interdisciplinary Studies > Centre for Development, Environment and Policy
ISSN: 22119124
Copyright Statement: © 2019 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (
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Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2019 15:44
Funders: Wellcome Trust

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