Coordinated Efforts can Ensure Food Security

30th World Food Day Organized

New Delhi, 16 Oct, 2010

‘Every two out of five Indian children are suffering from underweight problem. Under such condition, it is difficult to develop India as a powerful nation. To overcome this problem, coordinated efforts are needed to ensure food security in India ’, said Prof. V.L. Chopra, Former member, Planning Commission. Prof. Chopra was inaugurating the programme organized on World Food Day at National Agriculture Science Complex, New Delhi.

‘Food Security is a big challenge for us. United and coordinated efforts at every level can eradicate hunger’, he added. While referring to the Article 21 and 47 of Indian constitution for ensuring food security, he motivated participants to do serious work at ground level.

Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research urged for second green revolution. ‘It is a challenge for us to provide sustainable food security to 118 crore people of India. Climate change is posing a threat for more productivity. Maintaining bio-diversity is another challenge. ICAR is willing to take up these challenges’, he said. He highlighted the role of marketing in farming and suggested more public-private partnerships.

Dr. C.D.Mayee, Chairman, Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board elaborated the theme line-United Against Hunger of Food and Agriculture Organization.

Dr. Rajiv Chandran, Officer In-charge, UNIC read the message of Dr. Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General, United Nations.

This programme was jointly organized by the DARE, ICAR and Indian Agricultural Research Institute.

(Source: NAIP Sub-Project on Mass Media Mobilization, DIPA)