Master's student, Centre for Development and the Environment
Working title: Access to social security rights among internal migrants in India: A study of state action for food security in the undeclared slums of Bangalore
Food security in India is a much debated and investigated topic, but one which continues to be a pressing issue. One of the ways India attempts to reduce malnutrition and food insecurity is through some of the world’s largest social support programmes; the Public Distribution System (PDS), the Mid Day Meal Scheme (MDM) and the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS). Despite this, the 2015 Global Hunger Index shows that India is in the category of nations where hunger is still considered ‘serious’. Why is India failing to achieve food security for all despite its democratic institutions, social programmes and economic growth?
This MA project hopes to add a small piece to the answer by focusing on the food security and social security rights of internal migrants living in the undeclared slums of Bangalore (or Bengaluru), the capital of Karnataka state. What are the characteristics of migrant households' use of social security programmes, and what are the implications of this for their food security situation? To what extent do the migrant households have access to social security programmes? What are the major causes hindering or facilitating access? These are some of the questions I will explore in this thesis.
My MA project will be conducted with additional supervision from the Norwegian National Institute for Consumer Research, with support from their research partners in India. My project will draw upon and explore parts of the data they have collected during the research project titled Food Security in India: the Interactions of Climate Change, Economics, Politics and Trade (FOODSEC).