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This paper sets out the major results of a study conducted to examine revealed links between
employment, income, and food intake for poor households. The study was conducted in two villages
of southern tribal Orissa and one village in south Kerala. Data were collected from a total of 120
households for a full 366 consecutive days, with daily details pertaining to time spent by each member,
income, and food intake. The study shows that in poor households, food intake and the amount of time
spent on productive activities go hand in hand. Those who eat more, are also seen to be working
more. Those who eat less, are also seen to be working less. It is hoped that this will provide an
important input to the debate on the declining food intake among the poor seen in many States of