04 December 2023, New Delhi: Kisan-Vigyan Foundation (Krishi Anusandhan & Krishi Vikas Foundation) submitted a white paper on ‘Will India be Food Secure in 2047’ to Dr. Himanshu Pathak, Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is an autonomous organization under the Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE), Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India. Professor KC Bansal, Secretary of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences was also present during the interaction.
The foundation’s white paper ‘Will India be Food Secure in 2047’ focuses on fundamental aspects of food security taking in published data to raise curiosity among all the relevant stakeholders and citizens of India at large and call for solutions. India currently ranks 68 out of 113 major countries on the Food Security Index as of 2022. With the population expected to reach 1.6 billion by 2047, India needs to prepare to optimize resources and plan for higher production. The white paper highlights the major areas of concern including land use efficiency, productivity, and resource optimization.
The white paper and its objective were shared with Dr. Pathak in the presence of the governing council members of the Kisan-Vigyan Foundation led by Vijay Sardana, N.K. Arora, and Nimish Gangrade. While handing over the white paper, the governing council members had a detailed discussion with Dr. Pathak on core issues to be addressed. Dr. Pathak suggested that critical findings should be discussed with key stakeholders and suggestions must be implemented. He further suggested that implementation will be faster with the involvement of the private sector with their power of reach in rural areas.
The foundation expects that this white paper will create a base to find the solutions to the issues faced by India’s food security and will generate serious discussion in policy corridors at the national as well as state levels. It is high time we explore appropriate policies well in time to ensure sustainable food security when the Hon’ble Prime Minister wants to define the plan for developed India by 2047.
About Kisan-Vigyan Foundation
Kisan-Vigyan Foundation is a think-tank created to focus on Food & Feed Security of India and to support policies for the economic welfare of the farmers. The foundation has strong governing council members from core sectors of agriculture to work on fact-based research findings and to raise concerns where necessary.
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