Agriculture Interventions with Tribals in Bastar: Priorities in the wake of the Pandemic


The surge in COVID-19 cases in India has become the chief reason to worry about. Not just for the imminent risks of losing lives, but equally or perhaps more for losing livelihoods at a massive scale. Some experts are arguing that the likely toll claimed by the latter would surpass the former especially under the probability that the virus could linger on for quite some time in the foreseeable future. The crisis induced by the pandemic has hit hardest on the poor communities, because for many of them, remittances made up a good share of their annual earnings. It is highly unlikely that the unfortunate migrants would prefer to go back to their faraway work destinations again after bearing the unprecedented brunt of loss of jobs, staying in shelter homes under subhuman conditions, walking long distances to reach homes and so on.