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The need for monitoring and analysis of emerging food scenarios is important for India both because of significant dependence of output on the monsoon rains and the fact that globally India is one of the major consumers of food crops influencing markets. Management of agriculture from a public policy perspective requires organisation of this information and analysis as inputs to policy making.

Against this backdrop the National Food Security Mission (NFSM), Ministry of Agriculture, commissioned a 3-Year study to National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) in 2011–12 to bridge this important gap in analytical inputs for understanding the emerging agricultural scenarios both in the short-term of one or two quarters and also in the medium to longer term.
The National Food Security Mission (NFSM) and the Ministry of Agriculture are supporting the project through extensive interactions with the study team and providing access to information available with the ministry. The project requires interactions across a number of researchers, institutions and agencies. The monthly briefing meetings in the Ministry of Agriculture are an opportunity to interact and discuss issues relating to the outlook for the food commodities. More specifically, the project team is collaborating with Institute of Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore in the development of an econometric model for assessing the medium term scenarios for the food sector.
1. National Food Security Mission -
8. Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority -
2. Directorate of Economics and Statistics - 9. Directorate General of Commercial Intelligence and Statistics –
3. Department of Agriculture and Cooperation - 10. Central Statistical Organisation -
4. Commission for Agriculture Costs and Prices - 11. Indian Council of Agricultural Research –
5. National Horticultre Research and Development Foundation –
6. National Horticulture Board –