Diversifying diets are placing new pressures on India's agricultural markets

A chart showing the consumption growth by food product in India, years 1991 to 2006.

With rising incomes diversifying food demand, nonstaple foods-including fruits, vegetables, dairy products, eggs, and meats-are now experiencing the fastest growth in production and consumption. India's agricultural policies and development programs focus on staple food production, so the growth and diversification of food consumption is placing new demands on underdeveloped agricultural markets and institutions. This chart may be found in the India topic on the ERS website, updated August 2011.

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