Konda Reddy, Ulac Demiragis, Bishow Parajuli – Food Day as Reminder to Leave No One Behind
- Around 828 million people worldwide do not have enough to eat.
- Over 50 million people are facing severe hunger.
- Over 205 million people across 45 countries will need emergency food assistance to survive – The Hunger Hotspots Outlook (2022-23) — a report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP)
Challenges to food and nutrition security:- Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, spiralling food inflation, conflict, and inequality.
Way ahead for ending hunger by 2030: –
- It is important to place a greater focus on climate adaptation and resilience building
- Collective and transformational action to strengthen agri-food systems;
- Better Production
- Better Nutrition
- Better environment
- Better life.
Better Production, Better Nutrition
- India is now one of the largest agricultural product exporters. Therefore, it is important to place a greater focus on climate adaptation and resilience building.
- By 2030, India’s population is expected to rise to 1.5 billion. Agri-food systems will need to provide for and sustainably support an increasing population.
- There is increased recognition to move away from conventional input-intensive agriculture towards more inclusive, effective, and sustainable agri-food systems that would facilitate better production.
National Food Security Act (NFSA) 2013 –
- NFSA anchors the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS), the PM POSHAN scheme (earlier known as the Mid-Day Meals scheme), and the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS).
- Today, India’s food safety nets collectively reach over a billion people.
- The Government continues to take various measures to improve these programmes with digitisation and measures such as rice fortification, better health, and sanitation.
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