Volume:6 Issue:6 Jul ' 2020
||Food Security and Livelihood Improvement Through Hi-tech Horticulture
Food Security and Livelihood Improvement Through Hi-tech Horticulture
In the changing global scenario, food, nutrition, health care and livelihood security are the matter of great concern to human, social and economic development. There has been appreciable progress in food production including horticulture. However, access to nutritious food continue to be a cause of concern since, more than 350 million people continue to suffer from malnutrition which is a cause for various types of diseases and premature death of children and women. Therefore, a country could only be food secured if the citizens have access to nutritious food having balance diet to meet their need for productive and effective life. In this context, horticultural crops (fruits, vegetables, potato, tuber crops, mushroom, plantation crops, spices etc.) have emerged as a best option not only to provide required nutrients but also to enhance access to food through enhanced farm profitability. The current trend shows that dietary habit is changing with increasing income, from cereal based diet to nutritious diet. Resultantly there is a growing demand for horticultural produce. It has been proved beyond doubt that the sector is best option of diversification for complimenting food, nutrition, health care and livelihood security.