Under: Asia/World, Food Sovereignty and Agroecology, India, Publications, Reports

Author: Shwetha Govindan

Food and agriculture play an important role for the BRICS nations given their combined prowess in agricultural output and trade. The countries also house a large agrarian community with several peasants, fisherfolk, workers and indigenous peoples dependent on agriculture for their livelihood. The pandemic has provided an important juncture for these emerging economies to re-examine global value chains and policies that affect agrarian livelihoods, food security, nutrition and sustainability. However, the 2021 BRICS summit leaves us wanting in terms of policy and accountability for the devastating consequences of COVID-19 on the agrarian landscape.

This policy brief examines the status of food and agriculture in three of the BRICS nations – Brazil, South Africa and India to discuss the potential implications for future multilateral cooperation.

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