On March 24, when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a nationwide lockdown, Mansi Arora was more excited than worried.
The 32-year-old North Delhi resident thought it would be a good time to stay indoors, read a book, and order her favorite food to go along with the movies she’d lined up. But the stress arose when she realized restaurants couldn’t fulfill home delivery orders – the pandemic prevention measure had blocked all movement. Even after the restrictions were eased, delivery services struggled to find on-demand workers; many of them had migrated to their hometowns when the lockdowns began.
She walked around the kitchen to prepare a meal and only found packets of instant noodles and stale packaged foods. His local greengrocers were not allowed to enter his residential complex and all markets were closed. Lacking options, Arora found herself drawn to local urban farms that had started delivering fresh produce to her neighborhood. These farms had their own staff and did not rely on labor, and some of them had obtained the delivery permits which represented a difficult climb for uneducated local greengrocers.