long-term impacts of food inflation on the rural and
urban poor are yielding worrying indicators in India's
nutrition and health sectors. Analysing new data from
the NSSO's 66th Round and recent trends in retail food
prices, the author establishes that households in the
lower deciles of consumption in both rural and urban
areas have been hurt the most by the steep rise in the
real retail prices of cereals during 2003 to 2009-10.
It is recommended that the Twelfth Five Year document
should adopt a multi-disciplinary approach for strengthening
the links between the outcomes for access to safe and
nutritious food, the household cost of such food, balanced
nutrition and good health.