Food quality is an essential nourishment producing necessity since nourishment purchasers are defenseless to any type of contamination that may happen during the manufacturing procedure. Presently, the world has more than enough food to feed everyone, yet 850 million are facing food insecurity. While the traditional focus remained on starvation, there has been a gradual shift to the aspect of nutrition. Even in countries like India, after considerably long period of developmental efforts like Green revolution, poverty estimates on crude criterion of calorie intakes are still disquieting.
The current policy holds food grains, rather say cereals, as key to food and nutrition security. The Food Security Act has focused primarily on rice and wheat, which goes against recent trends that relatively higher echelons’ of the Indian population, are gradually diversifying their diet to protein-rich foods. Despite the policies, the National Family Health Survey 4, 38.4 per cent of children in India are stunted and 21 per cent wasted. India remains one of the highest-ranking countries in the world in terms of the number of children suffering from malnutrition.
The parallel issue is of environmental degradation by excessive reliance on chemical-based agricultural practices. This has had an impact on the productivity of land and on human health – producers and consumers.
It is in this background, there is a need to come with effective policies and programmes that have the potential to shape food systems, feed the hungry, contribute to improved nutrition and sustainability.
This national seminar aims to have a discussion on the aforementioned issues, regarding the problems of food and nutritional security and sustainable solutions. It would also address the socio-economic and legal aspects of the problems related to the issues directly and indirectly. This seminar will provide a platform for research scholars, teachers, academicians, professionals of various disciplines that have bearings with the subjects briefly stated above.
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