Indian food demand to rise 136% by 2050

Wednesday, 26 November, 2014


Agrifood demand is set to rise by 136% in India between 2009 and 2050, according to a new ABARES report. The report, What India wants: Analysis of India’s food demand to 2050, says this growth reflects strong income and population growth across the continent.

“Increasing income levels in India have led to a diversification of diets, with rising per-person consumption of dairy products, fruit and vegetables,” said Karen Schneider, ABARES Executive Director.

“Combined with a population growth rate that is one of the highest in Asia, that means food demand will increase significantly.”

Under current agricultural policies in India, consumption growth between 2009 and 2050 is strongest for fruit (246%), vegetables (183%) and dairy products (137%), which together account for 77% of the total projected rise in food consumption by 2050.

“While the demand for food has largely been met by domestically produced products to date, food imports have also risen. For many commodities imports will continue to rise over the coming decades,” Schneider said.

“India’s growth in agrifood imports toward 2050 is predominantly driven by vegetables, which are projected to reach US$47 billion by 2050, in 2009 US dollars.

“Fruit imports are projected to reach US$58 billion by 2050, with dairy products at US$13 billion and wheat US$15 billion also expected to rise significantly.”

The report is available from www.agriculture.gov.au/abares/publications.

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