Diversification, Market Access and Value Chains, Policy & Institutions, Poverty Dynamics, Nutrition
Dryland cereals, Grain legumes
Produce more coarse grains to meet pandemic nutrition challenge
COVID-19 pandemic, Lockdown, Nutrition, National Food Security Act, Food grains, Food security
ICRISAT Happenings 1850-4, 18 April 2020
India will provide free food grains to more than 800 million poor people during the COVID-19 lockdown. However, nutrition security is more important than food security in the coronavirus crisis, experts say. Amidst the world’s largest lockdown to check the spread of the novel coronavirus, India today announced easing restrictions for the agriculture sector from 20 April 2020. The lockdown exit would allow farmers to harvest standing crops that may feed a population of over 1.3 billion and support traditional exports.