Changing consumption patterns and roles of pulses in nutrition, and future demand projections

Praduman Kumar, Pramod Kumar Joshi, Shinoj Parappurathu

In this chapter we study the dynamics of consumption of pulses and assess pulses’ nutritional role with a focus on proteins. We note variations among different income strata, highlighting the higher protein deficiency among low-income groups and the higher price responsiveness of poorer consumers. We discuss the likely ineffectiveness of targeted consumer subsidies. Subsequently, using demand-system estimation, we make projections for the demand for pulses in India to 2030.