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Nourish South Asia: grow a better for regional food justice

Forty percent of the world’s hungry people lived in South Asia even before the food price crisis of 2008. Hunger stalks the entire region, from the mountain slopes of Nepal to the arid plains of southern Afghanistan. Although large-scale famines have largely been kept at bay, millions of poor people are unable to afford two square meals a day. This report was written by Swati Narayan, independent food and education policy specialist. It was coordinated by Amit Vatsyayan and Fe Loreli Cajegas. Publication Date: 26.09.2011 URL link: http://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam.org/files/cr-nourish-south-asia-grow-260911-en.pdf

India needs to curb food wastage to tackle inflation: World Bank

File photo of a few thousand tonnes of wheat are said to have been damaged after the grain was exposed in the heavy rains due to poor storage. Input subsidy expenses not contributing to boost productivity CHENNAI, SEPT 23: The World Bank has said that South Asia’s foodgrain stock management, especially in India, needs to improve to tackle inflation. In its focus on food inflation in South Asia, the bank said that high stocks have led to high wastage due to inadequate storage capacity and technology. According to World Bank’s estimates, the Food Corporation of India lost 10-16 million tonnes of grains in 2000. “The FCI’s inefficiencies not only lead […]

National Foodgrain Movement Plan on anvil

The focus of the plan will be to develop a long-term strategy and movement plan of foodgrain throughout the country, especially from producing states Submitted on 08/01/2011 – 12:46:18 PM New Delhi: The Department of Food and Public Distribution has proposed to prepare a plan on the movement of foodgrains in consultation with Food Corporation of India (FCI) and Railways. The FCI and Railways have been asked to furnish relevant inputs for formation of such a Plan. Once these inputs are received, the Department will endeavour to prepare a National Foodgrain Movement Plan. This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public […]

Empty promises, Empty Stomachs

An academician suggests how an integrative supply-chain will address the food security issue. The World Food Summit of 1996 defined food security exists when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life. Commonly, the concept of food security is defined as including both physical and economic access to food that meets people’s dietary needs as well as their food preferences. Food security is built on three things: Availability of sufficient quantities of food on a consistent basis; ensuring sufficient resources to obtain appropriate foods for a nutritious diet; and finally, appropriate use based on knowledge of basic nutrition and […]

How can small and large farmers co-exist?

Who will feed the world? download the report The discussion on ‘Who will feed the World’ goes on. To achieve global food security food must be redistributed such that it reaches the current mass of undernourished people (925 million people worldwide), food systems must be made resilient to climate change, and productivity must be raised to feed a growing population (an additional 1.4 million in 2030). How can we achieve this? By building on small or large scale farming, low or high input systems? With surging land acquisitions by foreign investors in Africa, finding answers to these questions, a task taken up by the latest OXFAM research report, “Who will […]

Ending Indifference: A Law to Exile Hunger?

Harsh Mander Current Issue : VOL 46 No. 25 June 18 – June 24, 2011, EPW Can we agree in this country on a floor of human dignity below which we will not allow any human being to fall? No child, woman or man in this land will sleep hungry. No person shall be forced to sleep under the open sky. No parent shall send their child out to work instead of to school. And no one shall die because they cannot afford the cost of hospitals and medicine. Can we agree that whatever this costs, we will pay? A comprehensive National Food Security Act will be the first step […]

Why our food is so dependent on Oil?

Are we eating food or oil? Why our food production is so dependent on oil and what are links between the ways of production, consumption and climate change? Two interesting articles on this topic Why Our Food is So Dependent on Oil Eating Oil: Food Supply in a Changing_ClimateFighting Global Warming at the Farmer’s Market The Role of Local Food Systems In Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The cost-effective way to feed the world

MARGARET MELLON AND DOUG GURIAN-SHERMAN By 2050, the world will have to feed 9 billion people, adapt to climate change, reduce agricultural pollution, and protect fresh water supplies – all at the same time. Given that formidable challenge, what are the quickest, most cost-effective ways to develop more productive, drought-, flood- and pest-resistant crops? Some will claim that genetically engineered (GE) crops are the solution. But when compared side-by-side, classical plant breeding bests genetic engineering. Coupled with ecologically based management methods that reduce the environmental harm of crop production, classical breeding could go a long way toward producing the food we will need by mid-century. Producing better crops faster certainly […]

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