Hunger and food security in the times of Covid-19
Dipa Sinha ()
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Dipa Sinha: Ambedkar University Delhi
Journal of Social and Economic Development, 2021, vol. 23, issue 2, No 7, 320-331
Abstract This paper discusses the situation of hunger and malnutrition in India during the times of the Covid-19, the associated lockdown and the aftermath. The economic slowdown and loss of employment have resulted in widespread food insecurity. There are also concerns that this might have long-lasting effects on the nutrition status of the population. In this context, government support through schemes such as the PDS plays an important role. While there have been some interventions through these schemes towards providing food and cash support to people, there are many gaps. The availability of high food stocks can be used as an opportunity to provide a universal PDS which is the need of the hour. Other issues such as expanding the PDS to include pulses and oils, decentralised procurement, universal food support through school meals and ICDS, and enhanced cash transfers through social security schemes also need to be ensured.
Keywords: Covid-19; Lockdown; PDS; Food security; Hunger; Malnutrition (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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