[WEBCAST] Ensuring Food Security in a LockdownVIEW EVENT DETAILS
Monday, 27th April, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Watch Live on Facebook
On March 24th, the Indian government announced a nation-wide lockdown to stop the spread of the new and highly infectious COVID-19. Overnight, more than a billion people across the country were ordered to stay at home and allowed to step out only for buying essential items and medical emergencies. The government's actions have successfully slowed down the transmission of the virus and granted sufficient time to local and state governments to equip themselves with necessary medical facilities.
But the economic shutdown and the ensuing economic crisis is causing great misery for the poor and almost 100 million internal migrant labourers, with large job losses and rising food insecurity. The lockdown has created an acute labour shortage that is crucial to maintaining the food supply chain. Across state borders, FMCG and E-commerce companies are struggling to meet demand with diminishing warehouse stocks and lack of transport facilities to move goods.
This programme will discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic threatens food security in the country. It will talk about the current displacement of the food delivery systems due to labour and logistical complications and what can be done to ensure the labour force is back in action. The programme will look into the role of the government, private sector and civil society in handling the threats and ensuring collective action.
Join us in our first virtual programme on Facebook as we discuss how last-mile delivery of food resources can be achieved under a lockdown with Barkha Dutt, Journalist, Founder-Editor and Asia 21 alumni, Mojo; Anshu Gupta, Founder, Goonj and Asia 21 alumni, and Siraj Hussain, former Secretary of Agriculture, Government of India and Visiting Senior Fellow, ICRIER.
This is a web-only event that will be live-streamed on Facebook. Viewers can submit questions through comments during the live stream.
Barkha Dutt is an award-winning TV journalist, anchor and columnist with more than two decades of reporting experience. She is India’s only Emmy-nominated journalist who has won multiple national and international awards, including the Padmashri, which is India’s fourth-highest civilian honour. She is the Founder-Editor of Mojo, a multi-media events and content venture. Barkha is an Asia 21 Young Leader from the class of 2006.
Popularly known as the 'Clothing Man' and the recipient of 2015 Ramon Magsaysay award, Anshu Gupta founded Goonj with a mission to highlight some basic but ignored needs of people on the development agenda, using clothing as a metaphor. Under his leadership Goonj has done massive disaster relief and rehab work pan India, turning every disaster into an opportunity to reach resources and attention to the most ignored communities. Anshu is an Asia 21 Young Leader from the class of 2008.
Siraj Hussain joined the IAS in 1979 and has served as the Joint Secretary, Department of Food and Public Distribution, Chairman-cum-Managing Director of Food Corporation of India and Secretary to Government of India in the Ministry of Food Processing and Ministry of Agriculture. Since 2016, he has been working with ICRIER as Visiting Senior Fellow where he is engaged on research on various aspects of Indian agriculture and food processing.
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