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Original Research Article

Year: 2017 | Month: January | Volume: 4 | Issue: 1 | Pages: 109-113

Evaluation of Tribal Food Security in Mysuru District-Karnataka

Akash Raj D P1, Mahesh T M2

1Research Scholar, 2Professor,
Institute of Development Studies, University of Mysore, Mysuru, Karnataka, India.

Corresponding Author: Akash Raj D P


The paper was aimed to assess the food experience and food security in tribal areas of Mysuru district. Three taluks of the Mysuru district were selected for the study; H D Kote, Periyapatna and Hunsur. Primary survey of 500 households was carried with the set of different questions such as: a) household cannot afford balanced meals, b) food purchased does not last and no money for more food, c) household cuts meal size, d) household skips meal and e) one or more family members remain hungry all the day or night. Food security was assessed by set of questions like; a) Entitlement provided by FPS is enough or not; b) only a single meal in a day; c) households eat meals without vegetable, d) cereals, pulses and vegetables are not always available, e) members get less than the amount satisfying hunger. The survey revealed that 64.8% households often do not afford balanced meals; 53.6% of the households do not have money for more food to purchase and the purchased food does not last long; 70% of the population cuts meal size, 51% population skip meals and the 44% of the families have members hungry all day or night. The survey revealed that selected tribes experience inadequate food in their day to day life and hence causes severe food insecurity.

Key words: Food insecurity, Tribes, Mysuru, food experience, Karnataka.

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