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Lessons from a pandemic to repurpose India’s agricultural policy 

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18449

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Contributed by

B.Muralidhar

Topics

Diversification, Market Access and Value Chains, Development Pathways, Policy & Institutions, Poverty Dynamics

Systems

Livelihood Systems

Locations

Asia, India

Global Date

15/May/2020

Title

Lessons from a pandemic to repurpose India’s agricultural policy

Keywords

COVID-19 pandemic, Agricultural Policy, Migrant agricultural workers, Food basket, Water intensive crops, Arabinda K Padhee, Prabhu Pingali, Livelihoods, Food and nutrition, Welfare measures, Minimum Support Price, Public Distribution System, Crop diversification

Language

English

Author/Key contact

SMCO staff

Story Source

ICRISAT Happenings 1854-1, 15 May 2020

Type

Science

URL/Link

https://www.icrisat.org/lessons-from-a-pandemic-to-repurpose-indias-agricultural-policy/

Description

As the coronavirus crisis triggers a large-scale exodus of migrant agricultural workers from India’s food basket, it’s time the country diversified beyond labor- and water-intensive crops, say Dr Arabinda K Padhee and Prof Prabhu Pingali. Television footages of hundreds of migrant labourers walking for thousands of kilometres amidst India’s country-wide lockdown shook the collective conscience of a nation this April. In the absence of livelihoods, shelters and square meals, these labourers desperately wanting to get back to their home states portrayed the vulnerability of India’s massive unorganised agricultural workforce.

Date (Date published/released/created if known)

15/May/2020

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