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 scientist M.S. Swaminathan draws on some of his early research on potato, focusing on the spread of pests and diseases, to highlight a few lessons for the future of food and agriculture in the context of COVID-19.
He explains how India can be prepared for the spread of diseases, including viruses, in Indian agriculture, while ensuring food security of the farming community and rural poor.