#64 — How can we help India fight COVID-19?


How are you coping? In these harrowing times we hope that you and yours are safe and well and finding strength in each other.

We did not expect the severity of this — the mutant variant, the second wave, the pain, the anger, the inconsolable grief. Helplessness is something we are desperately feeling.

Whether you are reading this from within India or abroad, financially supporting our heroic frontline workers and the numerous volunteers that are filling the gaps in India’s fight against COVID, seems like the simplest thing we can do right now.

Below are some organizations to which you can donate to. Do share them with your community or with anyone you think can help. Every tiny bit counts.

Stay Safe,
Anusha & Elizabeth

P.S. If you are feeling overwhelmed, anxious and want to talk, feel free to reach out to us or connect with these spaces that are offering free counselling services:



“Even when we exchange just a smile with someone on a daily basis, we somehow form a bond of familiarity and sometimes on a hard day that’s enough to take you through. These ties in their own way allowed us to find trust, feel safe and at the same time experience humanity in a beautiful way.” Sonali Gupta, for Mint Lounge

Amid COVID chaos and protests, India’s farmers eye record wheat crop

Labourers wearing masks shift wheat crop from a trolley to remove dust from the crop at a wholesale grain market during an extended nationwide lockdown to slow the spreading of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Chandigarh, India
April 17, 2020. REUTERS/Ajay Verma

Protests & the Pandemic

On Agriculture..

& Women’s Nutrition
Increased Agricultural Work Worsens Women’s Nutrition
Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition

Seasonal time trade-offs and nutrition outcomes for women in agriculture: Evidence from rural India
Food Policy Journal | Full Paper Here

& the Market
Shortage of pulses in India: understanding how markets incentivize supply response
Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies

How the Adani Group is poised to control the agricultural market following the farm laws
The Caravan

What does it take to run a farmer producer company?
India Development Review

& Biodiversity
How India’s ‘Mango Man’ Grew a Tree With 300 Flavors
Atlas Obscura

A Wild Fruit on the Brink of Extinction
Voices of Rural India

Abiu, achachiru, gac: These exotic fruits are now at home in India
The Hindu



These Grants are a wonderful opportunity for chefs to attend and participate in the 2021 symposium — Food & Imagination.

Past recipients from India are Karan Upmanyu (2018), Girish Nayak (2017), & Elizabeth Yorke (2015)
The application deadline is May 14, 2021 

APPLY here

Sign-ups for the global TFF Challenge 2021 are now open! As the world’s most diverse and impact-focused agri-food-tech innovation challenge, Thought For Food is seeking all kinds of cutting-edge solutions that address the prevailing question: “How do we feed 10 billion people on a hotter planet?” Participants can also opt-in to partner-led tracks by Danone, DSM, Cargill and GFI APAC. The TFF Challenge is open to purpose-driven innovators and entrepreneurs at all stages (ideation through to an incorporated startup). Find more details & sign up at www.thoughtforfood.org

Food & Culture

The recipe of a delicate yet flavourful curry known as kaliya has metamorphosed through the centuries as it passed down from generation to generation, one community to another.

The Goya Journal

The technique of steaming rice flour shapes (idlis, puttu) arrived on India’s coastlines from East Asia, especially China, and was adapted to India’s non-sticky rice flours. As per local beliefs, puttu is offered to African slaves’ spirits in Fort Kochi somewhat like a ‘prasad’.

The Indian Express

Six Indian women chefs are redefining how kids communicate through cuisine.
The New Indian Express

If you go far back enough, everything comes from somewhere else. Nisha Sudarsanam looks at colonialism and the peculiar cycle of borrowed references between the oppressor and colonised, giving rise to a unique, hybrid cuisine.

Kasoundé & the Rules of Modern-Day Colonialism
The Goya Journal

Ananya Pujary, Muskaan Pal, and Khushi Gupta started the website, The Indian Community Cookbook Project, as part of their Digital Humanities course, “but then it became so much more”.
The Indian Express

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