Covid-19 Food Policy in India – The First Four Months

Covid-19 Food Policy in India - The First Four Months

Data by Kerry Brown, Mridula Paul, Piyu Sharma
Visualisation by Gavin Wren

This Covid Food Policy Tracker captured food policy-in-the-making, as the Central Indian government responded to the crisis between 13th March and 9th July 2020. The policies collected have been converted into a visual story using the Flourish data visualisation platform.

About the authors

Kerry Brown

Dr Kerry Ann Brown (PhD, MSc, BSc) is an Assistant Professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK. Kerry is a public health nutritionist who works with mixed-methods, systems thinking, and across inter-disciplinary areas related to food and health. Kerry’s research interests are in the development of innovative methods to study food systems and the integration of multi-disciplinary (uncertain) evidence to inform risk analysis, effect policy change, and tackle food-related health challenges.

Mridula Paul

Mridula Mary Paul (LLB, MPhil) is a Senior Policy Analyst with the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bengaluru, India. She has previously practiced environmental law before the Madras High Court and has a degree in Development Studies from the University of Oxford. She works on bridging the gaps between environmental science and policy across a number of landscapes, including those that fall outside protected area networks, and focuses on biodiversity and health through engagement with One Health and zoonoses. She is the editor of Courting the Environment, a newsletter that aims to convey environmental and ecological research to lawyers.

Piyu Sharma

Dr Piyu Sharma (MScPH, BDS) is a Research Associate at Centre for Chronic Disease Control (CCDC), India. She is a dental surgeon with a degree in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK. She works with policy research and analysis, systematic review and mixed-methods across health and food. Piyu’s research interests are aimed towards a systems approach to addressing the intersectionality of food and health with a focus on non-communicable disease. 

Gavin Wren

Gavin is the communications officer for the Food Research Collaboration. He is a creative food systems professional who works on projects involving policy communication and creative media. His primary interest is translating research and policy into effective media for different audiences. He is a graduate of MSc Food Policy from City, University of London and is food policy representative for The Guild of Food Writers.

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