Today is World’s Food Day 16-10-16 | Do we need to revisit our priorities ?

Sustainable Agriculture, MSME & Green Value Chain Finance | Priority Sector Finance | Manoj Rawat, ValueFin India

Today is World’s Food Day 16-10-16 | Do we need to revisit our priorities ?

Today is World’s Food Day-16-10-16

But it is also “Worlds Hunger Day” for 800 million people across the world. For them every day is a hunger & starvation day. Do we need to revisit our priorities?
 
In this new age of “Free data plans, Free recharge, Faster RAMs, Free Tabs, Free apps” we must constantly remind ourselves that we all human beings still need Food and water to survive. A shot of free data recharge won’t quench our thirst for food or water.
 
The issues of Poverty & Hunger cannot be swept under the mat when 21000 people die every day because of hunger and hunger related diseases. This means 1 person is dying every 4 seconds for from “starvation & hunger”.
 
On this World’s food day, one of the biggest challenges the mankind is facing is “food security”. The world’s poorest – many of whom are farmers, agri-labourers and fishermen are hardest hit by hunger.
 
Today 795 million people sleep hungry, which means 1 out of 9 people remains hungry. 1/3rd of the world’s hungry live in India. At the same time global population is growing steadily and is expected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050.
 
To meet such a heavy demand, agriculture and food systems will need to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change, adopt practices that produce more with less in the same area of land and use natural resources wisely. It means increased productivity, better management of food produce , reducing food losses and a transparent Public distribution System.
 
Unfortunately we are seeing wave of innovations in every other area technology, commerce, e-commerce & so on, except the areas “which are basic needs and actually is impacting the well being of the mankind”.
 
Investment in food, agriculture and rural development has to significantly to ensure we can get rid of the “Curse of Hunger & Poverty”. It is critical for well being of our nation.
 
A hungry man is an Angry man. At the root of many evils that our society sees is “poverty & hunger”. “A hungry man cannot see right or wrong. He only sees food.”
Manoj Rawat | mkrawat@gmail.com
The views expressed are purely personal.

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