World Food Day 2015

World Food Day is celebrated on October 16. The day was established in November 1979 by member countries of Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations. The day is to remind us over the concerns of food security and actions which are alarmingly needed to be implemented for eradicating hunger all around the globe. This year’s theme for the World Food Day is “Social Protection and Agriculture: Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty”. The theme revolves around the actions needed to reduce the food insecurity, poverty and creating a direct access to food for all.

world food dayAccording to the Article 47 of the Constitution of India, it is the “Duty of the state to maintain the standards of nutrition in the country”. Presently India looks far from the point, where it can achieve good standards in nutrition. After 65 years now, Article 47 of our constitution is sinking helpless in the abyss. Further substantiating this is a report surfaced by the National Family Health Survey conducted by the Centre. In the report the condition of our children are alarming than ever in India.

  • 3% of children in India are stunted
  • 2 out of 5 children are underweight
  • Close to three fourth of them are anaemic
  • Out of every three undernourished children in the world, one is from India

This alarming situation needs to be tackled soon because the main advantage of India is the human resource. Otherwise, the whole buffing campaigns like Digital India, Skill India wont be able to yield its fruits.

The recent debates over the price hike for onions, which are followed by the sky rocketing dal prices amplifies the need of the hour. It’s also ideal to just crosscheck about the recent farmers suicides in this World Food Day. Indian economy once was mainly based on the agrarian sector. But this back bone sector of India has become a service sector now. The revival of the agriculture sector is prerequisite for the development of our nation and the welfare of its people.

Now, if we skip through the world scenario, the picture is very much devastating. Conflicts, such as in Syria are destroying families, their aspirations and hopes, further leaving them to the hands of poverty. There are millions of people who are hungry, suffering from deadly shortage of food, each day.

In contrary, steps have been taken to by the government counter the food insecurity. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has come up with The Mega Food Parks aiming to curb the food wastage, one of the biggest reasons for food price hike. Unbelievable fact is that the one third of the food produced in India is been wasted. More measures are been taken up worldwide under the United Nations and let’s hope for a no hunger world to come up soon.

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