Food sufficiency, nutrition deficiency, distribution inefficiency in the ecological context
Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020 | 7 p.m.
Even as India runs one of the largest anti-malnutrition programs, over a third of the world’s malnourished children live here. Despite overflowing granaries, India ranks 94 in 107 countries on t he Global Hunger Index. Although nearly 1% of the GDP is spent on implementing the Food Security Act and provisioning food grains through the Public Distribution System, millions cannot afford a square meal.
In the third session of the Prakash Gole Memorial Series, we seek answers to the Food Question. Seventy three years after independence, is India really self-sufficient in food? Why is the nutritional divide not plugged yet? What ails the food distribution in the country? The last few decades have seen a rise in the affluence of society, and such questions have turned critically important. These questions could be best answered in the ecological context. Our panelists, well-known crusaders in the food sector, will offer insights and different perspectives on what and how our food systems evolve for a sustainable economy.
Our panelists are Dr Ramanjaneyulu GV (Executive Director at Centre for Sustainable Agriculture), A. Ravindra (Director at Watershed Support Services and Activities Network - WASSAN) and Dr Rajeswari Raina (Professor, Shiv Nadar University), and our anchor is Girish Sohani, President of BAIF Development Research Foundation.
Thank you for joining us for the series.
Part 1 “What Kind Of Economy Do We Want?”: https://youtu.be/ksjcIgeh-5g
Part 2 “Why Are Our Rivers DYING and Wells DRYING?”: https://youtu.be/oWvHzOzrMeY
The fourth discussion is on urban sustainability. The fifth and final session on “Synthesis and way forward” is where we will bring back the speakers of all the sessions to brainstorm on how ordinary citizens and communities can contribute to building a sustainable and equitable future.
Ecological Society, Pune: www.ecological-society.com
Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment : www.atree.org
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