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Food Security

“Food security” is a multidimensional approach which subsumes under it food production, circulation,
consumer choice, consumption and suffice intake of major nutrients. India houses 195 million
undernourished people according to Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN.
India is enlisted as a developing country and the second largest exporter of cereals .Higher economic
growth has still not been able to pave a way to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, thus
indicating bleak future with rural population representing a major slice from the pie.
The National Food Security Act, 2013 focused on distributing cereals throughout the country but with
limited focus on diet diversity .the Government should focus immediately on consumption of a diverse
diet. The Indian Food Pyramid conceptualized by the National Institute of Nutrition was beyond the
discernment of the masses. A catchy colorful representation like that of the United States Department
of agriculture shall be more comprehendible to the masses.
Good infrastructure becomes an essential requirement for policy success. Acute problems in cold
storage threats food security. Surplus grains, fruits and vegetables need to be stored and released at
proper times. Medical centers and newspapers are instrumental in providing information regarding diet
and healthy living.
Anganwadis, midday meal at schools and providing subsidized grains have been steps to provide people
a satiated mental and physical status. It is not unknown to us that the food quality is not up to the mark,
hence it is essential to renovate the diet so that the beneficiaries do not suffer from nutritional
We need to reform the existing policies , supplement them with new techniques for a common goal-
healthy and secured future of India.
By Stuti Seekha Raut (1st sem RKMVERI)

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