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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...

2020-A decisive year for Biodiversity to achieve Bio-Security

  Despite the escalated biodiversity crisis, many believed 2020 would be a "super year" for biodiversity because of several milestones, which aimed to halt the loss of wild species and...

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,...

COVID impact on aquaculture in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha

A situation assessment & recommendations 1. Overview: Freshwater aquaculture contributes to over 95 per cent of the total aquaculture production and comprises carp fishes, catfishes (...

COVID impact on livelihoods of marine fishing communities along India’s east coast

Situation Assessment & Recommendations 1.Overview: In India, over nine million people directly depend on fisheries for their livelihood of which 80 per cent are small scale fishers.The...

Immediate interim relief needed for marine fishing communities

  April 08, 2020: Urgent and immediate assistance is required for India’s marine fishers. Restricted by the COVID-19 lockdown from March 20, they are additionally facing the annual fishing...

The Covid­-19 Pandemic and Indian Agriculture: A Note

The world is sliding rapidly towards a recession. The Covid­-19 pandemic will shut down large parts of the world economy for at least a few months more. IMF managing director Kristalina Georgieva...