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.
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