The case study provides a detailed account of the Government of India’s food security response to the COVID-19 pandemic through its Public Distribution System (PDS), the world’s largest food security program. It captures how the government reached its 810 million poor to provide food grains despite stringent lockdowns.
Public Distribution System (PDS) – From food security to nutrition security
The Public Distribution System provides food security to more than 60% of the Indian population. However, nutrition security is still a challenge as a large segment of the population remains undernourished. Is it the right time for PDS to focus on nutrition security? What are the changes needed to ensure nutrition security through PDS? Watch our short video to find out.
Reforms to the Indian Public Distribution System (PDS): Current context and the way forward
The Government of India digitized the public distribution system (PDS) and introduced multiple reforms to make the system more efficient, targeted, and transparent. Going forward, how can the government improve accessibility and convenience for the beneficiaries? Can digitization help? Watch our short video to explore the journey of PDS and its role in ensuring food security in the country
What it takes to feed two-thirds of India’s population
This blog highlights the complexity of the public distribution system and discusses the major operational challenges faced with respect to the back end supply chain for in-kind benefits. It also highlights the digitization efforts so far, reasons for gaps in implementation and what the focus should be for a choice-based model, which we believe is the future of food subsidy delivery.
Experimenting with cash transfers in food subsidies – Lessons from the pilot in Nagri
This case study discusses a unique experiment of distributing food subsidy in the Nagri block of Ranchi district. The document discusses the learnings and insights from the pilot that governments can use to inform future experimentation in food subsidy delivery.