- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 19 released commemorative coins of Rs 75 denomination to mark the 75th Anniversary of FAO.
- He dedicated to the nation, 17 recently developed biofortified varieties of crops.
- He listed the initiatives by the Government to fight malnutrition such as National Nutrition Mission (POSHAN Abhiyaan), construction of toilets under Swachh Bharat Mission, Mission Rainbow, Jal Jeevan mission, distribution of low cost Sanitation pads, etc.
- He highlighted the outcome of such efforts like Gross Enrollment Ratio of girls exceeding the Ratio for boys, etc. He said important work is done to tackle malnutrition like promoting coarse grains and crops rich in nutrition like protein, iron, zinc, etc.
- The Prime Minister remarked the common variety of some crops lacks some micronutrients and thus bio-fortified varieties were developed to overcome these shortcomings. He added today 17 bio-fortified seed varieties of several local and traditional crops including wheat and paddy are being made available to the farmers which is an important step to strengthen the nutrition campaign.
- The Prime Minister expressed thanks to FAO for fully supporting India’s proposal to declare 2023 as the International Year of Millets.
FAO In India
- The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has enjoyed valuable partnership with India since it began operations in 1948. It continues playing a catalytic role in India’s progress in the areas of crops, livestock, fisheries, food security, and management of natural resources.
- The priorities set in the NITI Aayog’s seven year National Development Agenda and the medium term Three Year Action Agenda as well as the Union Budget represent the key overarching framework for the agriculture sector. The main objective of the government is to double farmers’ income by solving the twin problems of maximising efficiency and ensuring equity in a sustainable manner.
The five Strategic Objectives through their alignment into Regional Initiatives and Regional Priorities will govern FAO’s support, in addition to the GoI’s priorities and the priorities and outcomes laid out in the UNSDF.
- Priority Area 1. Sustainable and improved agricultural productivity and increased farm incomes
- Priority Area 2. Stronger food and nutrition security systems
- Priority Area 3. Effective natural resource management, community development and assistance in transboundary cooperation to global public good
- Priority Area 4. Enhanced social inclusion, improved skills and employment opportunity in the agriculture sector