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6 Ideas to transform food systems in a post-COVID-19 India 

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18527

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Contributed by

B.Muralidhar

Topics

Gender, Market Access and Value Chains, Policy & Institutions, Poverty Dynamics, Nutrition

Systems

Farming Systems, Livelihood Systems

Locations

Asia, India

Global Date

17/Jul/2020

Title

6 Ideas to transform food systems in a post-COVID-19 India

Keywords

Agribuzz, Agricultural Value Chains, COVID-19 Pandemic, Malnutrition, Sustainable Food Systems, Inter-sectoral synergy, Women empowerment, Public policies and investment

Language

English

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165 kB

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SMCO staff

Story Source

https://www.icrisat.org/6-ideas-to-transform-food-systems-in-a-post-covid-19-india/

Story Published Date

17/Jul/2020

Story Lead Center

ICRISAT

Type

Science

URL/Link

https://www.icrisat.org/6-ideas-to-transform-food-systems-in-a-post-covid-19-india/

Description

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.

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