Market Access and Value Chains, Development Pathways, Policy & Institutions, Postharvest management, Poverty Dynamics
Containing COVID-19 impacts on Indian agriculture
COVID-19 pandemic, Novel Coronavirus Outbreak, Lockdown, Impacts on Indian agriculture, Sustainable food systems, PM-KISAN scheme, NREGS, Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana, Public Distribution System, Functioning of supply chain
The ongoing health crisis around COVID19 has affected all walks of life. Protecting lives of people suffering from the disease as well as frontline health responders have been the priority of nations. Governments have swung into actions since the Corona virus attack created an unprecedented situation. India declared a three-week nation-wide lockdown till mid-April in the initial phase, which has subsequently been extended till May 3 for achieving satisfactory containment of the virus spread. During these challenging times, how does Indian Agriculture respond to the crisis and how do government measures affect 140 million farm households across the country and thereafter impact the economy of a very important country in the developing world? We assess the immediate challenges that COVID19 has posed to the farm sector and suggest mitigation measures to ensure a sustainable food system in the post-crisis period.
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