8 May 2010
Dr. Mahendra Manekchand Shah, Director, Qatar National Food Security Program has called for a functional partnership between politicians, scientists, the business community and the consumers in order to move beyond rhetoric to real actions for sustainable food security.
He was delivering the Foundation Day Lecture on ‘Climate Change and Food Security: From Science to Sustainable Agriculture’ organized by the Trust for Advancement of Agricultural Sciences (TASS) at Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi.
He elaborated that without action there can be little hope to feed and save the world from real, emerging and definitive threats of climate change. Climate change will result in irreparable damage to arable land, water and biodiversity resources with serious consequences for food production and food security. He stressed that governments, civil society and private sector must provide the means for mobilizing science and research for food and agriculture. A participatory world wide effort with the best of new agricultural sciences can enable the next agricultural revolution to meet world-wide food needs in the 21st century. Agriculture and rural sector must be given a high priority in terms of resources allocation and adoption of development policies.
Prof. M S Swaminathan, Chairman, M S Swaminathan Research Foundation while making chairman’s concluding remarks appreciated the recommendations of the speaker and warned that even a slight change in climate temperature could reduce the total productivity of food grain endangering food security.
Earlier, Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE) and Director General, ICAR elaborated on various projects undertaken by the ICAR in recent years to assess the threats of climate change and mitigate its impacts on Indian agriculture. He said that experiences of Qatar can help India to move forward for the sustainable food security.
(Source: NAIP Project on Mobilizing Mass Media Support For Sharing Agro Information)