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Inter-state Migration and Changing Food Preferences in India
Ecology of Food and Nutrition (2011)
  • Amarnath Tripathi, Dr.
  • Shraddha Srivastava
Abstract

India is a diversified country. Just as the geography, religion, and culture of India are diverse, so are Indians’ food habits. Even so, regional heterogeneity in food consumption exists across states. But it may be hypothesized that regional heterogeneity in food consumption across states has been declining. This hypothesis is based on the fact that interstate migration has been growing since 1991. The present study tested whether or not regional heterogeneity in food consumption has been declining over the years 1993–1994, 1999–2000, and 2004–2005. The authors show that regional heterogeneity declined over these periods and that both rural and urban consumers shifted their preference from cereals to non-cereals. However, the article also provides some evidence that regional disparities remain in India. Implications of this shift in consumption are discussed.

Keywords
  • food consumption,
  • regional heterogeneity,
  • nutritional Implications,
  • India
Publication Date
Fall November, 2011
Citation Information
Amarnath Tripathi and Shraddha Srivastava. "Inter-state Migration and Changing Food Preferences in India" Ecology of Food and Nutrition Vol. 50 Iss. 5 (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/shraddha_srivastava/1/