Policy Webinar

Webinar: How to increase livelihoods of migrant labourers Post COVID-19

COVID-19 brought the issue of migration in limelight in India. As per estimates, 1 out of every 3 Indian is a migrant. The imposition of lockdown as a safety measure to contain COVID-19 pandemic, has badly effected the unskilled and semi-skilled migrant work force of India. Due to COVID 19, massive reverse migration happened from urban to rural India. It is estimated that around 30% of the migrants will stay back at their home locations. Majority of urban and metro cities like Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore will face serious scarcity of labour after the lockdown.

To create an opportunity in disguise, there is an immediate need to integrate migration into rural development. Keeping the national interests and social welfare in mind, Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals is going to organise a live webinar session on 24th June 2020 at 4 PM IST. The webinar will primarily focus on the issue of migrant labourers and steps taken by government to address this issue. You can register for the webinar by submitting your information on the link below.


Dr Ashok Dalwai is a member of Indian Administration Service (1984). He has served the States of Odisha & Karnataka, and has been with Govt. of India since 2010.He is currently serving as CEO of National Rainfed Area Authority (NRAA) in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, in the rank of Secretary to GoI. Dr. Dalwai is a student of agricultural sciences with post-graduation in Agril. Economics and Ph.D in Economics. As Chairman of Inter-Ministerial Committee on Doubling Farmers’ Income (DFI), his 14 Volume Report is recognized as one of the most comprehensive and evidence based strategies.

Mr Sanjeev Asthana is a recognized leader in Food & Agriculture sector with over 30 years of experience in India and abroad. He is Managing Director, I-Farm Venture Advisors; Chairman, Agriculture Skill Council of India. He serves on the board of NABCONS (NABARD subsidiary), IndusInd Bank Limited and a non resident fellow of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

Mr Parmesh Shah is the global lead at World Bank for rural livelihoods and agricultural jobs. In this position he provides leadership to bank’s work, supports development of global knowledge and offer solutions to clients and other development partners. He has been involved in designing and supporting several rural poverty reduction and inclusive agricultural growth programs in many countries, impacting the lives of millions of small farmers. 

Ms Meera Mishra is the country coordinator of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in India since 2011. She has over 28 years’ experience of working in the development sector with national and international organizations. Among others, she has worked with the UNDP Regional Office for Asia Pacific (2001-2006) as a Senior Policy Specialist and as a Specialist Migrant Placement Officer in New South Wales in Australia (1999-2000).


Dr Dinesh Chauhan is an eminent speaker with over 20 years experience in Agriculture and Agribusiness sector. He serves on the advisory board of Africa Agribusiness Alliance, AgTech Insight California, Ghana India Trade Advisory Council- Ghana, Global AgTech Council etc. He offers consulting services across agriculture, agribusiness, animal husbandry and allied sectors. He is currently serving as Director of Indigram Group, based out of New Delhi, India.