Country Profile - India

Region: India

Population: 1,311,051,000

Percent of population in urban areas: 32

Source: Population figures from the United Nation Population Division

Grain Production, Imports, Exports (metric tons), and Availability (grams/capita/day)

  Domestic Production Grain Imports Grain Exports Flour Imports Flour Exports Available in food supply
Wheat 93,510,000 11,644 6,503,635 26,874 7,168,316 166
Maize 23,290,000 11,628 4,749,727 16,659 5,119,003 17
Rice 159,200,000 1,323 11,300,105 5,392 11,337,306 190

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations using 2013 data, the last year with all data available.

Notes: Rice production is paddy rice. Import and export figures include husked and milled rice.

Legislation, Milling Industry, and Fortification

  Legislation Number of industrial mills (>20 metric tons/day) % flour/rice produced in industrial mills % industrially milled flour/rice that is fortified
Wheat Voluntary 1200 16 4
Maize 0 0
Rice Voluntary 50 0.25

Source: FFI database. See how we got this information.

Nutrients Added Through Fortification (parts per million)

  Minerals B Vitamins Vitamin A
  Iron Type of Iron Zinc Folic Acid B12 Niacin Riboflavin Thiamin
Wheat 20 NaFeEDTA 30 1.3 0.01 42 4 3.5 1.5
Maize
Rice 20 30 1.3 0.01 42 4 3.5 1.5

Source: FFI database. See how we got this information.

Neural Tube Defects, Anemia Data, and Zinc Intake

Neural tube defects per 10,000 births1 % Anemia in non-pregnant women of reproductive age2 % Anemia in pre-school children3 % Population at risk of inadequate zinc intake4
41 48 59 31.2

1Source: Bhide, Prajkta, et al. "Systematic review of birth prevalence of neural tube defects in India." Birth Defects Research Part A: Clinical and Molecular Teratology 97.7 (2013): 437-443.

Note: This figure may not include pregnancy loss or terminations of pregnancies due to pre-natal diagnosis of a neural tube defect. With all folic acid interventions in place, the birth prevalence of neural tube defects would be about 6 per 10,000. Contact us at info@ffinetwork.org to see if information on neural tube birth defects is available on a city or regional level.

2Source: - WHO. The global prevalence of anemia in 2011. Geneva: World Health Organization: 2015.

Note: Anemia can be caused by many things. Fortifying flour and rice can reduce the risk of anemia caused by nutritional deficiencies. The classification of anemia as a public health problem, according to the World Health Organization, Global Prevalence of Anemia in 2011, is:

≤4.9% No public health problem
5.0-19.9% Mild public health problem
20.0-39.9% Moderate public health problem
≥40.0% Severe public health problem

3Source: - WHO. The global prevalence of anemia in 2011. Geneva: World Health Organization: 2015.

Note: Pre-school children are usually defined as ages 6-59 months.

4Source: - Wessells KR, Brown KH. Estimating the global prevalence of zinc deficiency: results based on zinc availability in national food supplies and the prevalence of stunting. PloS One 2012; 7: e50568.

Note: Zinc is needed for optimal child health and physical growth and normal pregnancy outcomes. If the probability of inadequate zinc intake is greater than 25%, it is considered an elevated public health concern, according to Conclusions of the Joint WHO/UNICEF/IAEA/IZiNCG Interagency Meeting on Zinc Status Indicators.