Feeding the World and Caring for Earth

Publication Date : 18/07/2016

Author(s) :

Sarala Yadav, Manoj Kumar and Alok Kumar , Manoj Kumar , Alok Kumar.

Volume/Issue :
Volume 2
Issue 7
(07 - 2016)

Abstract :

Food security means the easy availability and access of food at all times in sufficient quantity in a safe and nutritious form to meet the dietary requirements and food preferences for an active, healthy and productive life. The prerequisite for food security is, a stable well organized and properly functioning agricultural market. To encourage food security FAO under the aegis of United Nations celebrates World Food Day every year on 16th October, the day on which the Organization was founded in 1945. "World Food Security and Family Farming” was the theme for the World Food Day for the year 2014. Although India had long back achieved self-sufficiency in food, the Government of India has launched the new National Food Security Mission 2007 with the basic objective of grappling with the persistent yield storage in the country. In our country where more than one third of the population is estimated to be absolutely poor and about one third Malnutrition is a widespread problem. According to ‘Global hunger Index-2012 (International Food Policy Research Institute), India is at 65 ranks among 79 countries. Global Survey Report by Save the Children (2012), India is ranked at 112 among 141 countries. The government of India has accorded high priority to the problem of malnutrition especially among children and young girls and women. It has implemented several schemes and programmes like Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS), National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), Mid Day meal Scheme (MDM), Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls nicknamed SABLA and Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana (IGMSY). Key words: food security, family farming, malnutrition, agriculture, government schemes.

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