Strengthening the Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships in Wheat, Maize and Barley Value Chains: Policy Advisories for the New Normal Agriculture

Policy Paper 2. ICAR-Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research, Karnal. pp1-34 (2021)

44 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2021

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Priyajoy Kar

Indian Institute of Maize Research

Sendhil R

ICAR-Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research

P. Ramasundaram

Indian Council of Agricultural Research

Anuj Kumar

ICAR-Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research

Satyavir Singh

ICAR-Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research

Romen Sharma

Indian Institute of Maize Research

Sujay Rakshit

Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) - Indian Institute of Maize Research

Gyanendra Pratap Singh

Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) - ICAR-Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research

Date Written: February 28, 2021

Abstract

Agriculture is the soul of the Indian economy and a source of livelihood for around 48% of the population. Worldwide, the occurrence of the COVID-19 pandemic, a viral outbreak, disrupted the economies, especially the performance of the agricultural systems. In India, the lockdown imposed coincided with the Rabi (Winter)season which affected the regular functioning of the essential food commodities value chain, such as wheat, maize and barley. To mitigate the unforeseen risk and cope with the disruption for revival and prosper in the new normal agriculture, setting strategies and policy advisories are the need of the hour. The major shift in the predominant supply chain for demand due to the pandemic has disrupted the domestic and foreign trade. The prevalence of hunger, unemployment and malnutrition have further exacerbated the economic and social instability caused by the pandemic. Export sanctions with market restrictions and containment mechanisms affects the agricultural product supply chains. In order to improve the efficiency and performance of the supply chain, the role of stakeholders in adding value and strength to the trade in various forms and facets is very significant.

In the aftermath of the pandemic, the government intervened with a slew of policy initiatives like ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan (Self-reliant India Movement)’, PM Kisan Samman Nidhi (Prime Minister’s Farmer’s Tribute Fund) and Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (Prime Minister’s Food Security Scheme for the Poor) to protect and revive the agricultural sector. Disruptions along the supply chain may lead to food shortages affecting food and nutritional security, and hence we need policy advisories for each stakeholder involved in the value chain to continue the uninterrupted supply of food. Investment in rural development programmes to minimize the urban migration crisis, and the government’s position in securing food and social security are very vital. The key goal for revival and prosperity of the sector post-pandemic is to promote the multi-stakeholder partnerships. Several policy advisories viz., enabling contract farming, futures trading, mechanization, direct income support, implementing staggered support price and procurement, and resetting the research priorities have been suggested for the new normal agriculture. The suggested policy advisories targets to improve the multi-stakeholder partnerships in wheat, maize and barley in response to the rapidly evolving food value chains, as these crops play a major role in ensuring food and nutrition security.

Suggested Citation

Kar, Priyajoy and R, Sendhil and Ramasundaram, P. and Kumar, Anuj and Singh, Satyavir and Sharma, Romen and Rakshit, Sujay and Singh, Gyanendra Pratap, Strengthening the Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships in Wheat, Maize and Barley Value Chains: Policy Advisories for the New Normal Agriculture (February 28, 2021). Policy Paper 2. ICAR-Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research, Karnal. pp1-34 (2021), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3798977

Priyajoy Kar (Contact Author)

Indian Institute of Maize Research ( email )

PAU Campus, Ludhiana,141004
Ludhiana
India

Sendhil R

ICAR-Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research ( email )

PO Box 158, Agarsain Marg
Karnal, 132001
India
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P. Ramasundaram

Indian Council of Agricultural Research ( email )

Krishi Anusandhan Bhavan II
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New Delhi 110012, Delhi 110012
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110012 (Fax)

Anuj Kumar

ICAR-Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research

PO Box 158, Agarsain Marg
Karnal, 132001
India

Satyavir Singh

ICAR-Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research

PO Box 158, Agarsain Marg
Karnal, 132001
India

Romen Sharma

Indian Institute of Maize Research ( email )

PAU Campus, Ludhiana,141004
Ludhiana
India

Sujay Rakshit

Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) - Indian Institute of Maize Research ( email )

PAU Campus, Ludhiana,141004
Ludhiana
India

Gyanendra Pratap Singh

Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) - ICAR-Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research ( email )

PO Box 158, Agarsain Marg
Karnal, 132001
India

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