What Affects' Households Food Choice in West Bengal?

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The Food Choice Application maps the weekly food portfolio of a household by featuring dish options during five eating occasions over the week.

Abstract: Achieving healthier diets requires a thorough understanding of the diversity and drivers of food choice. The International Rice Research Institute developed a ‘Food Choice Application’ featuring 162 unique Bengali dishes and captured the weekly meal plans of 177 low to middle income households in West Bengal. Food choices varied by gender and between urban and rural communities¬ affected primarily by budget constraints and to a lesser extent by behavioural change communication towards healthier diets.

The authors are Senior Economist-Market Analysis Research Cluster Leader; Senior Associate-Market Research Scientist; Assistant Scientist-Market Research; Lead Specialist-Agricultural Anthropologist; Scientist–Sensory Profiling at IRRI, Philippines; Assistant Professor at Maharani Kasiswari College, Kolkata and Professor at KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, respectively. m.demont@irri.org. The article should be cited as Demont M., M. C. Custodio, J. Ynion, A. Samaddar, R. Cuevas, A. Ray (Chakravarti) & S. K. Mohanty, 2019. What Affects Households’ Food Choice in West Bengal?,  Geography and You, 19(24): 26-30

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