What this country has seen in the last six months, particularly in the lockdown periods, is totally unprecedented. Some people have compared the situation in parts to demonetisation. But this is far beyond demonetisation because at least during those months, economic activity did not come to a full stop. What we have now is a complete cessation—barring a few public and some essential services. All employment, all income, and all investments have completely stopped. We don’t have a template to deal with a situation like this. How does then one prepare for this?

The farm economy is the only one still operation and with the right interventions, it could pave the way to spur the revival of the rural economy. Perspectives on building resilient rural, agricultural economies post COVID-19 Read More


Conventional aerobic and physicochemical treatment processes adopted in developed countries have sparse chances of success in developing countries due to high energy requirements, operation and maintenance costs, and constraints in stable maintenance. Thus, it has become imperative to resort to simpler alternative technologies which are natural, less mechanized and simpler in operation and maintenance. This case study explores the journey of a poor farmer with small land holdings who adopted the practice of vermicomposting, leading to better yields and increased incomes. The farmer, Chandranna, went on to develop an enterprise around the vermiculture process, paving the way for farmers in the area to adopt sustainable agricultural practices. Read More



There is a pressing need to assess the unfolding impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on agriculture in the Asia-Pacific region – with particular reference to resource-poor smallholder farmers who are amongst ‘those furthest behind’ - and to identify measures to mitigate its negative impacts keeping in view the intricate linkages of the sector with food and nutrition security, livelihoods, and social and environmental sustainability. On June 18, 2020 the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, hosted a webinar on the impact of COVID-19 on Agriculture in the Asia-Pacific and Role of Mechanization to identify the role sustainable agricultural mechanization can play in enabling recovery and building long-term resilience of the farming community to future crisis. The agenda and recording of the discussion can be found here.

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