Covid-19 has pushed half of India’s poor away from nutritious food: report -Parthasarathi Biswas

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published Published on Apr 14, 2021   modified Modified on May 12, 2021

-The Indian Express

The lack of a social safety net resulted in misery for workers, many of whom were suddenly left without means of transport. Women were at the receiving end of the restrictions with the report pointing out how 50 per cent of households surveyed reported that women were spending more time in cooking or fetching firewood than before.

The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions that followed has resulted in half of India’s poor people being deprived of nutritious food. In its 2021 Global Food Policy Report, the International Food Policy Research Institute has warned of severe and long lasting consequences due to the contraction in diet quality.

India was one of the first countries to implement a complete lockdown when cases and deaths due to the pandemic were relatively low. The lockdown, the report said, caught policymakers off guard as evident by the large number of migrants who took to the roads to reach their home states – this, the report said, had led to a surge in infections across the country.

Temporary and migrant workers were worst hit by the pandemic as the lockdown brought with it job loss. The lack of a social safety net resulted in misery for workers, many of whom were suddenly left without means of transport. Women were at the receiving end of the restrictions with the report pointing out how 50 per cent of households surveyed reported that women were spending more time in cooking or fetching firewood than before.

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The Indian Express, 14 April, 2021, https://indianexpress.com/article/india/covid-19-has-pushed-half-of-indias-poor-away-from-nutritious-food-report-7272500/


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