PM will unveil commemorative coin of Rs 75 on 75th anniversary of FAO
On the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) on 16th October, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi will release the commemorative coin of Rs 75 to mark the long-standing relations of India with FAO, which has played a stellar role in India’s food sufficiency.
The FAO in the past over seven decades has worked closely with many countries to strengthen them to eliminate undernourishment, hunger and malnutrition. The unveiling of the coin will be broadcast to Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs), Anganwadis, Organic and Horticulture Missions across the nation. Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and the women and child development (WCD) Minister Smriti Irani will attend the function.
India And FAO
The impeccable journey of FAO in making the underprivileged classes and masses stronger, nutritionally and economically, has been exceptional. India has had a historic tie-up with FAO. Dr. Binay Ranjan Sen (Indian Civil Service Officer) was the Director General of FAO between 1956-1967. Additionally, the World Food Programme, which has won the Nobel Peace Prize of 2020, was discovered during his era. India’s proposals such as International Year of Pulses in 2016 and the International Year of Millets 2023 were too endorsed by FAO.
Battle Against Malnutrition
India has been working on “Poshan Abhiyaan” which targets around 100 million people with the aim to diminish under nutrition, stunting, anaemia, and low birth weight. Millions of people, especially children, are suffering from micronutrient deficiency and Malnutrition, posing a global challenge. Around 45 percent of deaths among children are stated to be due to malnutrition. Addressing malnutrition is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UN.
In line with the commitment to address malnutrition on a war footing,, crop varieties with enhanced levels of micronutrients calcium, iron, total protein, zinc, protein with high tryptophan and lysine, provitamin A, anthocyanin and oleic acid, and reduced level of anti-nutritional factors etc. have been developed by KVKs, ICAR in collaboration with FAO. The National Agricultural Research System under the guidance of ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research) evolved 53 varieties in the past five years.