Gender, Market Access and Value Chains, Policy & Institutions, Poverty Dynamics, Nutrition
Farming Systems, Livelihood Systems
6 Ideas to transform food systems in a post-COVID-19 India
Agribuzz, Agricultural Value Chains, COVID-19 Pandemic, Malnutrition, Sustainable Food Systems, Inter-sectoral synergy, Women empowerment, Public policies and investment
A food systems transformation in India requires repurposing of existing agricultural policies. Underlying policy regimes like the Minimum Support Price (MSP) and the Public Distribution Systems (PDS), coupled with subsidies on irrigation, power, and farm inputs, are skewed in favor of staple crops like rice and wheat. Although MSP mechanisms exist for climate-resilient and more nutritious cereals like sorghum and millets, they are largely ineffective because of the policy bias in favor of the “big two” staples.