The conceptual linkage between increased food production and improved nutritional status appears straight forward; yet, devising research strategies that lead to real change has proved difficult. Although intra-household resource allocations are a strong determinant of individual nutritional status, this bulletin focuses on the possibilities for technical change to improve consumption at the household level. The reported study therefore seeks to update knowledge of the role that the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi Arid-Tropics (ICRISAT) mandate crops, play in the diets of the rural poor. Specifically, it examines the state of undernutrition in the study area, the dependence of the rural poor on ICRISAT''s mandate crops the actions available for improving the diets of the rural poor, and the role agricultural research should play in the fight to reduce undernutrition. These topics are addressed through a house-hold level analysis of dietary patterns in four rural villages in the semi-arid tropics (SAT). The ultimate purpose is to discuss the menu of options available to researchers interested in strengthening the link between agricultural technology and nutritional well-being. The analysis focuses on identifying current dietary and expenditure patterns in two regions within the Indian SAT.
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