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1 Structure and Impact of Rising Food Prices in India Empirical Review and Qualitative Assessment Abusaleh Shariff National Council of Applied Economic Research, New Delhi Presented in an international workshop on Indian Agriculture: Improving Competition Markets and the Efficiency of Supply Chains jointly organized by Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research, and NCAER, New Delhi, 16 February, 2011 Presentation is based on a draft paper – Food Security in the Context of Food Price Rise in India: An empirical review, by Abusaleh Shariff and Ganga Shreedhar, January 2011

2 Global Food Price Increase | Domestic Food Inflation Structure of Food stress and implication for markets & Food Security? Product specific price movements in recent months /years Income and price dynamics of food consumption (demand) Food Consumption behavior & differentials Understanding Coping mechanisms Safety Net Policies and Efficiency 2Shariff's PPT Motivation for this Study

3 Quantitative and Qualitative Methods (1) Monthly Price movements May June food and fuel items | 78 towns/cities (2) Nationally representative sample survey of households, human development survey, NCAER |N=40,000 rural- urban Price, income & substitution effects - rice, wheat and milk (3) Qualitative rapid surveys and focus group interviews Coping mechanisms - UP, MP, Karnataka and Delhi-NCT. (4) Review safety net/social protection policies – PMT Score method - improve targeting efficiency

4 Food Price Surge: Focus on the poor and vulnerable Rural and Urban differentials Diversity in Coping behavior Efficacy of programs mitigating food crisis Improving food security of the poor

5 International Cereal Price Links International Rice and Wheat Price surge - from mid-2007 to mid-2009 Prices in India did not rise Rather Indian price rise dramatically only from mid and continued into 2010, when actually international food prices crashed!

6 Market Size and Price Movements Specific Food Items 78 Towns / Cities Size Class< 1 lakh 1-5 lakh 5-10 lakh lakh lakh 50 + lakhs Note: Town/city class size cutoffs are chosen so as to ensure that a reasonable percentage of total population is covered in each of the category. 25 Food Items Monthly Price Movements Wheat, Rice (common variety), Wheat Flour Atta (processed) Milk, Pulses, Vegetables – Onion etc, Cooking Oil Fish, Meats, Chicken, Eggs Kerosene


8 Commentary




12 Monthly Cereal consumption Shares and Quantities Cereal/ Sector India RuralUrbanAll Share of selected cereal consumption (%ge) Rice Wheat Other Cereal Monthly Household Consumption (Kgs./Reporting HHs) Rice Wheat Other Cereal Mean for all HHs All Cereals Source: Calculated by the author using HD- Survey ( ). Commentary

13 Monthly Per Capita Consumption by Income Quintile Kgs/Liters Quintile Select Items Rice Rural Rice Urban Wheat Rural Wheat Urban Milk RuralMilk Urban Vegetables Rural Vegetables urban Lowest Q Q Q Highest Total Commentary

14 Household Quantity Consumed a day before interview, selected States

15 Rice consumption is relatively more sensitive to price rise Possibly due to substitution to cheaper cereals which is mostly wheat Home Grown Rice help sustain consumption upto 30% Home Grown Wheat help sustain consumption upto 13% Home produced Milk help sustain consumption upto 50% Multivariate Analysis Suggests Results

16 Source: Calculated by authors using IHD-Survey ( ). Sources of Household Grain Consumption Comments

17 Sources of Household Rice and Wheat

18 Short Term Coping Mechanisms Reported by Households (%) State Reduced food intake Breakdown of social network Increased debt Child withdrawn from School Child Sent for meager wage Sold livestock Sold utility assets Migrated out All Rural UP MP Karnataka All Urban UP MP Karnataka Delhi Comments

19 Typology of Low Food Stress Sustain quantity at the cost of quality PDS present and generally accessible Marginal dependence on general market Income and consumption smoothening possible No takers for NREGA, even women Can deal with idiosyncratic shocks except health crisis

20 Moderate Food Stress RURAL Face food shortages, inadequate home production, Irregular and limited PDS but high dependence, Depends on market to bridge consumption needs Low income and consumption smoothening Migration both seasonal and long term Conditional (higher wage) demand for NREGA Difficulty in dealing with idiosyncratic shocks and health crisis URBAN Face food shortages, no home production Irregular and limited PDS but high dependence Depends on market to bridge consumption needs Low income and consumption smoothening Some are recent-migrants Difficulty in dealing with idiosyncratic shocks and health crisis

21 High Food Stress RURAL Young earners migrate leaving old and vulnerable in village Low productivity agriculture and lack of irrigation Poorly developed non-farm employment Lack of awareness about NREGA Nonexistent wage-empl. opportunity in and around village URBAN Unstable families in urban fringe, uprooted from rural parts Manual labor, beedi rolling, cycle rickshaw etc Poor employment and low wages, and lower occupational diversity No home produced food, No or low PDS access Total dependence on general market Low capacity for income and consumption smoothening Cannot deal with idiosyncratic shocks, High incidence of sickness

22 SAFETY NETS Public Distribution System Exclusion and Inclusion Errors

23 Recent period has seen increased public spending on safety nets & food subsidy for food security….. Central Government Safety Net Outlays Source: (Ministry of Finance, Various years) (Central Statistical Organization, Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation, 2010) Central Government Food Subsidy Bill Comments

24 MG-NREGS allocation is about 0.7% of GDP Nearly as much as the food subsidy bill MG-NREGS, Rural Wage Employment 2008One time schemed in response to the spate of famers suicides perceived to be driven largely by the inability to repay debts. Total expenditure 2008/09 was Rs 150 billion (about $US 3.3 billion) Agri. Debt Waiver and Relief

25 PDS Card Ownership by Income Quintile

26 Exclusion and Inclusion Errors in PDS BPLAPLNo Card Rural India Urban India Poverty Estimates by Standard Measure Rural India Poor (25.9) Non-Poor (74.1) Urban India Poor (22.8) Non-Poor (77.2) Deprived Estimated using PMT Score Method Rural India Deprived (35.3) Better Off (64.7) Urban India Deprived (39.1) Better Off (60.9)

27 The Overlap- Poor Versus Deprived Deprived (PMT)Better Off (PMT) Rural India Poor (std. method) Non-Poor (std. method) Urban India Poor (std. method) Non-Poor (std. method)

28 Add on Threat Leading to Malnutrition: Incidence of Diarrhea among the Under-5 year Old Children Income class India RuralUrbanTotal All Quintiles Lowest Highest

29 Thank you

30 Wheat - Prices lower in smaller towns price rises at town size increase Wheat Flour – price highest in smaller towns lower in large cities Even a small processing value added and marketing increases the price considerably and add on transportation make prohibitive in rural areas Centralized processing of Cereals must be discouraged back

31 High consumption in Rural - 64 kgs Urban - 46 kgs Share of Rice is higher more so in Rural area Wheat relatively an Urban Cereal Cereal Consumption back

32 Marginal differences between income class - both Rice and Wheat | Rural and Urban Extremely large differences between income class - Milk and Vegetables and other value added Not surprising ! Per Capita Cereal Consumption by Income Class back

33 Multivariate Impact Variable WheatRiceMilk Dependent Variable Log of PCM Wheat con. (Kg.)Log of PCM Rice con. (Kg.)Log of PCM Milk con. (litre) Independent VariableCoef.P>tCoef.P>tCoef.P>t _cons Price Effect Log of Wheat Prices (Rs/Kg.)Log of Rice Prices (Rs/Kg.)Log of Milk Prices (Rs/litre) Source of Cereal PDS Wheat na Home Grown Wheat na Home Grown Other than Wheat na PDS Rice na na Home Grown Rice na na Home Grown Other than Rice na na Milk Production at Home na Home Grown Cereals na Number of obs Prob > F R-squared Adj R-squared Root MSE

34 Urban Cereals % Market dependence Rural Cereals 50% Market, 35% Self, 10-15& PDS Marginal Difference by income class Middle income HHs use more PDS! Market Dominates back

35 % reduce consumption 70-80% face breakdown of social networks: Inflation impact households uniformly; and make them cautious High Indebtedness 50% in rural areas About a quarter HHs withdraw children from school And another 10% resort to child labor Sale of livestock, and household assets also reported Rural households migrate out in search of income (18%) Multiple Coping Mechanisms back

36 Food subsidy bill represents the basic direct cost incurred by the center from procurement, stocking and supplying to various food based safety nets such as PDS Food Subsidy Outlays: 0.6% of the GDP in 2006/07 0.8% of the GDP in 2008/09 and 2009/10 Rs. 400 billion - partly cost of rising MSPs and procurement and no corresponding increases in the issue price of grain for safety nets like PDS Food Subsidy Outlays back

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