Hunger not just tragedy but also disgrace - pope

Grant Boone
October 17, 2020

He said, our Kisan Saathi - our Annadata, our Agricultural Scientist, our Anganwadi ASHA workers, are the basis of the movement against malnutrition.

The government is also providing sanitary pads at Re 1 to poor women, he further said.

Viorel Gutu, the FAO's representative in Turkey and sub-regional coordinator for Central Asia, said the hunger has been increasing since 2014 globally, while obesity rates have been increasing at the same time.

- The functions and sources of protein are undermined across the region - less than 50% in East India are aware of protein's association w/ immunity and even less of the population associate it with muscle building (44%), tissue fix (12%), and the ability to control blood sugar (21%). He had felt the pain of famine and starvation very closely and the scale of his work is still useful for the whole world.

The prime minister said his government has taken an integrated and holistic approach to deal with the challenge of malnutrition.

The organizations address hunger and malnutrition with national nutrition-related activities coordinated by the Nutrition Unit.

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He highlighted the outcome of such efforts like Gross Enrollment Ratio of girls exceeding the Ratio for boys, etc. An important work is being done to tackle malnutrition.

The FAO said production of wheat crops and cereal imports in China are stable, and prices of rice and wheat, two of the most important crops in China, have remained generally steady since the beginning of this year.

The Prime Minister also dedicated to the nation 17 recently developed biofortified varieties of eight crops on World Food Day.

The Nobel Committee noted, "The world is in danger of experiencing a hunger crisis of inconceivable proportions if the World Food Programme and other food assistance organizations do not receive the financial support they have requested". Not to mention the significant challenge climate change will have on the global food system and the potential for other future shocks to have similar effects. The Protein Paradox study further outlines key recommendations that every stakeholder in the country must execute in-order to achieve this common goal.

As a contribution to discussions around food security to commemorate this year's WFD, the minister FMARD, Sabo Nanono, represented by the permanent secretary, Abdulkadir Mu'azu, said the government is focusing on closing the demand-supply gaps in the agricultural sub-sector. Grain wastage has always been a major problem in India and amendments in the Essential Commodities Act will change this condition.

She said the government has allocated Taka 9,500 crore in agriculture mainly to inspire the farmers to keep continuing their efforts in producing foods so that no scarcity of food is surfaced in the country due to the Covid-19 pandemic. If the farmer wants to break the agreement for any reason, then he will not have to pay any penalty. It will also provide relief from the price fluctuations and will encourage new technology in farming.

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