Sowing better to eat better

Synopsis: Understanding the new challenges plaguing the agricultural system and remedies needed.  Introduction  The health of a country’s agri-food systems determine the health of its people. Findings from the first round of the 5th “National Family Health Survey” suggest that nutrition related indicators have worsened in most States. The survey covers 17 States and five Union Territories, which comprise 54% of India’s population. … Continue reading Sowing better to eat better

Reimagining food systems with lessons from India

Synopsis: Given the worsening situation of global hunger, ensuring food security is the need of the hour. Introduction The first United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) 2021 was held in September 2021. It was conceived in 2019 by UN Secretary-General António Guterres to find solutions to transform the way the world produces, consumes, and thinks… Continue reading Reimagining food systems with lessons from India

United Nations Food Systems Summit: Need to transform food systems, say experts 

What is the news?  Recently, United Nations Food System Summit took place in New York. In this summit, leaders emphasized that there is a need to achieve the United Nations-mandated Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by 2030 and address climate change in view of food production.  We must urgently move from incremental and siloed action towards a systems approach.… Continue reading United Nations Food Systems Summit: Need to transform food systems, say experts 

Dramatic changes needed in global food systems to address nutrition disparity, poverty: IFAD

What is the news?  Recently, United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) published report  “Transforming Food Systems for Rural Prosperity”. As per the report, our global food system need revolution. Transforming global food systems to become more inclusive, fair and sustainable is a challenging task. But, with concrete actions taken by the policymakers, this is possible.  What are the… Continue reading Dramatic changes needed in global food systems to address nutrition disparity, poverty: IFAD

Climate crisis may destroy aquatic food systems — and livelihoods, economies

What is the news?  As per recent study published in Nature Food, Climate change can destroy the marine and freshwater systems of Africa, South and Southeast Asia and Indo Pacific. This may destroy livelihoods and economies of countries in the regions, if appropriate measures are not taken in time to mitigate the crisis.  What are the findings of the report?  First, India, along with other South Asian countries,… Continue reading Climate crisis may destroy aquatic food systems — and livelihoods, economies

Food Systems Summit: ‘Supports to farmers keeping the world away from SDGs and the Paris Agreement’

What is the news? On September 14, three UN agencies — Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) — released A multi-billion-dollar opportunity: Repurposing agricultural support to transform food systems report. About the report The report analysed countries’ support to farmers and the consequent adverse impacts on food prices,… Continue reading Food Systems Summit: ‘Supports to farmers keeping the world away from SDGs and the Paris Agreement’

How India’s food systems must respond to the climate crisis

Synopsis: India’s food system requires reforms, to make more sustainable and inclusive. Introduction UN Secretary-General will soon convene the Food Systems Summit with an aim to transform the global food systems. The objective will be to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. There are five action tracks to achieve the objectives. What are… Continue reading How India’s food systems must respond to the climate crisis