JULY 2020

Welcome to the COVID-19 special edition of the IFP's newsletter!

Environmental crises such as COVID-19 are systemic crises. Not only natural environment disturbances but also public policies, poverty, nutrition or movement of people reduce or increase COVID-19 impacts human societies. Through the IFP’s multidisciplinary research involving ecology, botany, social sciences, spatial analysis with remote sensing satellite observations, the Institute is highlighting critical points, as shown by this special newsletter edition providing a better understanding of the present coronavirus tragedy.

This is my last newsletter as director of the IFP. On September 1st, I will hand over to Blandine Ripert, who I am sure will be a wonderful director. As for me, it's a bit hard to end these last few months in such a climate of uncertainty and slowdown. I would have liked the year 2019-20 to end in a fireworks display of activity, and now it ends in masks and curfew. The exhibition on the French settlements in India remains frozen like Sleeping Beauty's castle. But the IFP has not stopped. Its researchers are still working, at home or in the laboratory, supported by an efficient support team. We recently signed agreements with the Indian Centre for Forest Research and Education, with the EFEO, for a research action project with Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie, and we are going to launch an ambitious policy of conservation and promotion of our collections. 

Thanks to the whole IFP staff for these four wonderful years I have spent with them. The Covid will not get us!

Take care.

Frédéric Landy


The Covid-19 Crisis in India. A Nascent Humanitarian Tragedy [Link]

French version: L’Inde face à la crise du Covid-19. Unetragédiehumanitaire à venir [Link]

En Inde, les travailleurs migrants abandonnés à leur sort [Link]

Covid 19: Image, sound, movement ... people [Link]

Un confiné parmi d’ autres à Pondichéry [Link]


L’ Institut Français de Pondichéry face au COVID19 [PDF]

La plateforme “Systèmealimentaire local et durable de Pondichéry” / The platform “The sustainable and local food system of Pondicherry” [French] & [English]

Coastal Transformations and Fisher wellbeing. Synthetized perspectives from India and Europe (FISHERCOAST) [Link]

Networks, Employment, dEbt, Mobility and Skills in India Survey (NEEMSIS) [Link]


Apis cerana in the garden of IFP! From bees for honey to bees for pollination by understanding their foraging preferences.Contact: Dr.Anupama K


Loss of job, back from the migrant field, pressure from the informal lender to repay the monthly installment are the general scenario today among the women labour in rural area of Cuddalore and Villupuram district. There is a revival of relationship between land owner and Women workers, emergence of new women lenders are the resilience outcome of the Covid19. The projects Labour, skills, social networks and mobilities in India (LAKSMI) and GCRF conduct telephonic interviews among household members on their strategy to overcome the lockdown situation. This information will allow the projects to strengthen their future quantitative interview.

Venkatasubramanian G, Research Engineer, Department of Social Sciences, IFP


1.1 Human migrations and livelihoods

1.2 Health and food: Public policies

1.3. Food and health: Practices and knowledge

  • Conservation, documentation and preservation of the knowledge of siddha medicine (EAP810)
  • B. Sébastia, 2019, “From siddha corpus to siddha medicine. Reflection on the reduction of siddha knowledge through exploration of manuscripts”, A. Mishra (ed.), Local Health Traditions: Plurality and marginality in South Asia, pp 129- 155. New Delhi: Orient BlackSwan. [ PDF ]
  • B. Sébastia, 2016, "Eating traditional food. Politics, identity and practices” in B. Sebastia ed., Eating traditional food: politics, identity and practices; Routledge. [ PDF ]
  • B. Sébastia, 2015, "Coping with the diseases of modernity. The use of siddha medical knowledge and practices to treat diabetics”, in K.A. Jakobsen ed., Routledge Handbook of Contemporary India. [ PDF ]
  • B. Sébastia, B. Balagopal, R. Misra, 2011, "Diet-related diseases: Issues and solutions to nutrition transition and food programme policies in India", Medecine. [ PDF ]

1.4 Environment and Ecology

  • Soil carbon stocks, deforestation and land-cover changes in the Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot (Abstract)
  • India Biodiversity Portal (Website)

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