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Recommendations for Rural Revival – Unlocking India

  June 2020: As India begins a series of efforts to ‘unlock’, the shift from relief and rehabilitation also moves to rebuilding lives and livelihoods. A few weeks ago, we had released a...

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Bouncing back from COVID-19: Lessons from the Food Crisis

Globally, COVID-19 is a public health emergency with grave impact on the population of the world, especially the poor and marginalized.  It is estimated that 140 million additional people could...

Working together online to support farmers during lockdown in India

“Necessity is the mother of invention” – Plato This is a famous phrase, indicating that a need or problem encourages creative efforts to meet the need or solve the problem. The world is...

Covid-19 and food security: Lessons for Indian Agriculture

  Strong agricultural genetic diversity can strengthen food security and in turn reduce vulnerability to infections such as the current pandemic. In this commentary, eminent agricultural...

COVID-19 and women agricultural labourers: Field realities from Tamil Nadu

Women’s role in agriculture is of the utmost importance not only for developing the rural economy but also in ensuring food security. During COVID-19 lockdown in India, women’s unpaid workload in...

Impact of COVID-19 on rural lives and livelihoods in India

One can foresee many challenges as farmers and farm labourers set out to rebuild their lives and livelihoods. The national lockdown from 25 March 2020 has severely affected lives and livelihoods...

COVID-19 – MSSRF RESPONSE

  Background The global pandemic around COVID-19 has meant that governments, scientists and civil society have come together to ensure that there is co-ordinated and much-needed response,...

Shift to upscaling food rationing now

Expanded rations will not only bring relief in this pandemic but also help sustain a nourished and healthy population - Dr Madhura Swaminathan, Chairperson, MSSRF Two days ago, the Finance...

COVID-19 has halted the world but this is why we should still not 'fear message'​

All of Hollywood's fantasies and science fiction seem to be playing out in real life as the world comes together to take on the #coronavirus. (note: not the 'dreaded' corona and that's for a reason...