ICAR-DRWA celebrates 'World Food Day'

On the occasion of the World Food Day on 16th October, a programme was organized in village Padasahi of Bhubaneswar block of Khordha district. The theme of this year is Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth. During this a multi-disciplinary sensitization exercise was undertaken in which about 70 farmers including 50 farm women had participated. They were explained about the importance of the World Food Day which is being celebrated in honour of founding of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in 1945. The speakers emphasized the significant roles of family farming in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment and achieving sustainable development particularly in rural areas. Family farming is inextricably linked to the household food security which further strengthens the national and global food security. Family farming should not be seen only as an income generating activity but it also emphasizes on nutritional security. For sustainable production, the productive capacity of the earth should be maintained by adopting resource conserving technologies and the animal husbandry component should be integrated in the farming system. The importance of balanced diet using locally available food ingredients for healthy living especially for women and children were explained to the audience. The speakers included Drs. Anil Kumar, Sabita Mishra, Abha Singh and A. Shivaji and Mr. B.C. Behera.
In the afternoon, the villagers were sensitized about the importance of cleanliness of home and surroundings by taking the message of Swachha Bharat. The villagers were motivated to voluntarily join the cleanliness drive initiated by the Scientists of DRWA and lanes of the village were cleaned up. The villagers were also given oath of the 'Swachha Bharat' during the occasion.