What Does the COVID-19 Lockdown Mean for Food Security? -Gurpreet Singh
At a time when the Rabi crop is ready for harvest and the Kharif crop will be sown, quick and effective policy responses are required.
Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, India has announced a nationwide 21-day lockdown, shutting down all businesses except essential services. The government has assured that the supply of food items and other necessities won’t be hindered during this period. While social distancing has been adopted as a measure to reduce the rate of spread of COVID-19, experts including the World Health Organisation (WHO) have observed that countries like India cannot afford to have a long lockdown as it may create a severe economic crisis. As a result, a large share of the population may be exposed to hunger, malnutrition, exodus, destitution and other problems which may be more harmful than the disease itself. However, to make the situation less panicky, both the Centre and state governments have to act quickly on a number of measures such as availability of food, necessary items, medicines, financial help, shelter to the needy and smooth transition of migrant workers.
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TheWire.in, 6 April, 2020, https://thewire.in/agriculture/what-does-the-covid-19-lockdown-mean-for-food-security