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Food Security in South Asia

Pradeep Chaturvedi (Editor)
Synopsis Food security has been an important element in deciding on socio-economic development in the country. The World Food Summit, held in Rome in 1996, identified the need for improving food availability and nutrition in developing as well as the developed countries. The World Food Summit—Five Years Later (WFS-fyl) conference will be organised in Rome in June 2002 to take stock of changing trends and the possibility of attaining goals as identified at the World Food Summit. The preparatory process for WFS-fyl started early in 2001 and the whole year was basically spent on the preparatory process. It is in this regard that the preparations in India at the NGO level were also focused on various issues relating to Food Security in the country. A Food and Nutrition Survey was carried and benchmarked against the survey conducted in 1992 to identify changes in food habits and nutrition level in the country. These results indicated a wide variation leading to obesity in one area and malnutrition in the other. It is concerning to note that in India in 2001 about 260 million people were below poverty line and about 180 million had some kind of malnutrition. The role or Panchayats in reaching out food to the poor in rural areas was considered an important element. This approach is ridden with various bottlenecks that need administrative, financial and social solutions. The public distribution system in the country has been serving the needs in amicable fashion. However, rising food stocks with the food corporation of India has caused concern. This book is a compilation of various papers discussed at national consultations in India and the NGOs/CSOs Regional Consultation for Asia Pacific Region during the year 2001.
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About the author

Pradeep Chaturvedi

Pradeep Chaturvedi, Chairman of the Institution of Engineers (India), Delhi State Centre, is a Mechanical Engineer and an energy and environment expert. He has been involved with sustainable development issues, mainly the energy policy and planning and implementation of environment friendly sustainable energy projects for over three decades in India and other Asian and Pacific countries. As a Member of the Perspective Planning Group of Planning Commission, preparing Development Vision 2020, he contributed ‘India’s Energy Vision 2020’. He has been actively involved with the formulation of Energy Conservation Act 2001 and the Electricity Bill 2001. Mr. Chaturvedi has been involved with the Studies Programme of the World Energy Council since 1983. His understanding of energy issues of the South Asia Region, in the global context, has been widely appreciated. Mr. Chaturvedi was deeply involved with the preparatory phase of the World Summit of Sustainable Development. He is also involved in the follow-up phase. Mr. Chaturvedi is Vice-Chairman of the UNESCO sponsored World Renewable Energy Network; and Vice Chairman of the World Environment Foundation, both based in UK; and President of the Bio Energy Society of India. He is also a Visiting Faculty at IIT, Delhi. Mr. Chaturvedi has authored six and edited 25 books on Energy Management and Sustainable Development. These books are widely referred to understand the situation in the country.

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Bibliographic information

Title Food Security in South Asia
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st Ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170229723
length xiv+274p., Tables; Illustration; 23cm.