Food insecurity has been a threat to human civilization since time immemorial. Despite significant efforts in increasing agricultural productivity, we have still not become a food secure world. With an intention of solving this issue Canada, took a crucial step by establishing the Food and Agriculture Organization on 16th Oct, 1945 that was signed by 42 countries in Quebec. Nations together have made inroads towards addressing the problems related to food security.
The 2014 World Food Day theme – Family Farming: “Feeding the world, caring for the earth” – has been preferred to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farmers. It focuses world attention on the significant role of family farming in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, especially in rural areas. The UN General Assembly has designated 2014 as the “International Year of Family Farming.” This is a strong signal that the international community recognizes the significant contribution of family farmers to world food security.
FAO celebrates World Food Day each year on 16 October.
The objectives of World Food Day are to:
- encourage attention to agricultural food production and to stimulate national, bilateral, multilateral and non-governmental efforts to this end;
- encourage economic and technical cooperation among developing countries;
- encourage the participation of rural people, particularly women and the least privileged categories, in decisions and activities influencing their living conditions;
- heighten public awareness of the problem of hunger in the world;
- promote the transfer of technologies to the developing world; and
- strengthen international and national solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty and draw attention to achievements in food and agricultural development.
With 21% of its population undernourished, nearly 44% of under-5 children underweight and 7% of them dying before they reach five years, India is firmly established among the world’s most hunger-ridden countries. Fiinovation has taken up the challenge to promote organic farming, kitchen garden, climate smart agriculture and advanced agricultural practices across India through its programmes. Climate smart agriculture is likely to play a crucial role in shaping India’s future. Fiinovation understands the urgent need to skill the farmers and provide them a sustainable platform to them to eradicate poverty, hunger and overall socio-economic development of the people. There have been discussions over a second green revolution covering the eastern states of India, aiming to boost agricultural growth and increase yield per hectare of major crops like wheat, rice, maize etc. Fiinovation understands the importance of family farming and the role Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) will play in creating awareness and skill development related to agriculture. Fiinovation also urges its CSR partners to invest in sustainable development through improved agricultural practices and help our nation become a food secure one. Isn’t it a point to think that majority of the population is engaged/dependent on agriculture as their primary occupation, yet, 230 million Indians go hungry daily making India rank 67th among the worst 80 countries in terms of malnourishment.
Let’s join hands together to create awareness about family farming, climate smart agriculture and reduction of food wastage.
“In a world of plenty, no one, not a single person, should go hungry. But almost 1 billion still do not have enough to eat. I want to see an end to hunger everywhere within my lifetime.”
– Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General
By Rahul Choudhury
Media Team – Fiinovation