Indian agriculture’s ‘labour problem’ won’t just go away

Before looking to export agricultural expertise, India needs to ensure its own food security and productivity goals are not compromised, and the environment for farmworkers in the country is improved.

Agriculture and food security have suddenly gained currency across the globe and become the topic of conversation at international conferences. The combined impact of fertilizer shortages, the Russia-Ukraine war and climate change has awakened governments to the importance of ensuring food security as costs rise rapidly.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi added another dimension to the conversation, telling attendees at a session on the sidelines of last month’s G7 summit in Germany that “with the help of traditional talent of India’s farmers, food security will be ensured to G7 countries.” He went on to suggest that “the G7 develop a structured …


Karan Manral

Karan Manral is a co-founder of organic farming ventures Green Essentials and New Farmer. After dabbling with technology media, communication and marketing, and some kitchen gardening simultaneously, he (and his partner Yogita Mehra) took the plunge into organic farming full time a decade ago and has since been trying to make growing food more accessible for novice urban farmers.