Dr Debjani Banerjee
In this generation where exploration to Mars is the next level exploration, people starving and found malnourished needs to become a major concern. Addressing the elimination of Hunger is not only a humanitarian and social concern, but an important parameter of human development index. Hunger and malnourishment effects the pillars of this index. Poor nutrition and lack of food leads to weakness and immunity deficiency making greater susceptibility to illness and health.
Here are seven solutions to combat world hunger:
1. Food Donations. One of the simplest ways to combat world hunger is to initiate more food collection drives.
2. Urban Farming.
3. Sustainable Farming.
4. Government Intervention.
5. Birth Control Education.
6. Access to Credit.
7. Access to Education.
If food production is boost through intensive farming it may not alleviate the problem of supplement solution as the objective of Intensive farming aims in increasing productivity through chemical fertilizers and pesticides. This can create “double whammy” impact for poor farmers. A study in Bangladesh conducted by Prof.Adrian Martin, from Britain’s university of East Anglia has shown that investors and large landowners profit from salt-water shrimp production but poor farmers suffer from soil salinization that undermines their rice production, Intensification may not act beneficial in the long run as it often undermines the vital underlying conditions for growth.
One in nine people already do not have enough food and the world population is expected to reach 9.8 billion by 2050.
To address this important social cause and strengthen the backbone of an economy a very simple, and humane approach of “Share the food” can help eradicate this problem to a greater extent.
In our country FSSAI has framed a law to promote food donation. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has taken the initiative of enforcing acts from 1st july 2020, under which it would encourage donation of food and grocery products to nonprofit organizations for distribution to needy individuals. This would act as a legitimate back up by mobilizing and utilizing recovery and distribution of surplus food. It would bridge a gap between” waste and want”. Hence the prevention of food waste and promotion of surplus, and its distribution in a meticulous manner acts as a global concern today. India despite being the second largest food producer of the world, ranks 103rd position out of 119th hungriest countries, as per the “global Hunger Index of 2014”
FASSAI took the initiative for the next level to discuss with 20 surplus Food Distribution Agencies from different parts of the country and understand the procedure through which government can intervene for safe distribution of surplus food.
This initiative of “Save food Share Food Share Joy” would work towards adoption of the first solution of Food Donations to combat hunger, through food collection drive by connecting among food companies, surplus distribution agencies and beneficiaries. Indian Food Sharing Alliance (IFSA) is to be created which would render a system of networking food collection with recovery agencies and enable them to bridge the gap between food surplus body and food deficit mass. This would create a common platform benefiting the deprived class with regulatory support, food safety training and capacity building efforts.
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