The Associated Chambers of Commerce & Industry of India

"The Knowledge Chamber: Serving the Nation since 1920"

National Conference on Food and Nutrition Security

27 September - 28 September, 2017 , Hotel Shangri-La, New Delhi

 

 

About Event



BACKGROUND / RATIONALE


Malnutrition is a global challenge with huge social and economic costs; nearly every country faces a public health challenge, whether from undernutrition, overweight/obesity, and/or micronutrient deficiencies. Malnutrition is a multisectoral, multi-level problem that results from the complex interplay between household and individual decision-making, agri-food, health, and environmental systems that determine access to services and resources, and related policy processes.

India has one of the world’s highest demographics of children suffering from malnutrition. In India, over decades, though there has been reduction in severe acute food insecurity, the under-nutrition and micronutrient deficiencies are widespread.  The government has taken initiative of large food security and anti-poverty programmes, still poor quality of food lacking essential micronutrients and unhygienic conditions of storage is a big problem in our country. The expansion and intensification of agriculture, including crops, livestock and forest-based systems, has led to soil degradation and loss of biodiversity, and greatly affecting environmental and human health.

Agricultural development has enormous potential to make significant contributions to reducing malnutrition and associated ill health. With its close links to both the immediate causes of undernutrition (diets, feeding practices, and health) and its underlying determinants (such as income, food security, education, access to health services, and gender equity), the agriculture sector can play a much stronger role than in the past in improving nutrition outcomes.

Globalization generates marketing systems that require food production to be intensified and standardized. Food production has become more capital-intensive and supply chains have grown longer as basic ingredients undergo multiple transformations before the final product. Value chains shift power from producers to retailers and supermarkets. Standardization benefits larger suppliers rendering global markets more difficult to access for smallholder farmers. Family agriculture and associated (agro) biodiversity is being marginalized, though smallholders continue to play a crucial role in supplying local markets with fresh and affordable agricultural produce.

The consequences of an increasing globalization of value chains reach well beyond the agricultural production system: the emergence of fast food outlets and supermarkets, the intensification of advertising and marketing of industrialized products, and foreign direct investment in developing countries and accelerating urbanization, have translated into major and rapid shifts in dietary patterns. The consumption of low nutritional quality, energy-dense, ultra-processed food and drinks, and fried snacks and sweets has risen dramatically in the past decade. Therefore, there is a need of developing inter-sectoral approach to promote food and nutrition security.

Nutrition is among any human’s fundamental needs, and access is even more imperative for child. Hence, to address this subject matter of international importance, ASSOCHAM proposes to hold a “Conference cum Awards on Nutrition and Food Security: Agriculture, Food Processing and Supply chain” on September 27th-28th, 2017 at Hotel Shangri-La, New Delhi. This conference will provide the platform for global leaders; practitioners; scientists; farmers; organized agriculture; civil society; the private sector; and NGOs to discuss and share experiences on successes, and to deliberate the challenges and threats to food and nutrition security.

OBJECTIVES:
The conference will focus on the following objectives:

•    To improve food and nutrition security through production systems.

•    To strengthen institutional and policy environments, processes and incentives that foster appropriate forms of collaboration across nutrition-relevant sectors (such as food processing, health, education, etc).
•    To align agricultural research investments to support nutritional improvement, such as more research on fruits and vegetables, animal source foods, nuts, and seeds.
•    To focus on improving infrastructure for processing, storage, and preservation to retain nutritional value and food safety, to reduce seasonality and postharvest losses, and to make healthy foods convenient to prepare.

•    To empower women and child for the achievement of the long term goals of food as well as nutrition security.

•    To strengthen food distribution system in order to eliminate the problem of food and nutrition insecurity.

FOCUS AREAS:

•    Equal importance to both quantity and quality: Since focus of the government and policies has long been on quantity of the food produced per year, quality of the food has fast emerged as the new area of concern, thus out of the box thinking is needed to balance both quantity and quality, helping government achieve production targets and creating positive impact on the health of the population.
 
•    Innovation in agri and food processing sector: To identify new innovations that can be adapted for commercial applications in agriculture and food processing sector, keeping in mind the changes in lifestyle, thus achieving nutrition security.

•    Achieving synergy across sectors: To find out ways to synergize the processes and programs of various departments and ministries directed at improving R&D, distribution, drinking water facilities, sanitation, and public hygiene, access to elementary education, nutrition etc, for positive nutrition and health outcomes.

•    Addressing issues of high wastage and pilferages: Ways to restrict wastage and pilferages needs top priority. Hence special focus on technology for best results needs to be explored.

•    Focus on Dietary Diversification: A major challenge to food security comes from dietary diversification of the poor. If cereal pricing is left to the market forces instead of being administered and government playing the facilitating role, land will be released from rice and wheat cultivation to meet the growing demand for non-cereal crops such as oilseeds, fruits and vegetables in accordance with diet diversification.

•    Insulation from Inflation: Finding out ways to insulate food prices to some extent from inflation is a most essential step, since rising food prices often result in a decline in food consumption, both quantitatively and qualitatively.

•    Improvement in Food Distribution System: Faulty food distribution system poses a challenge. Hence reforms in PDS system are a necessity, since inadequate distribution of food through public distribution mechanisms is also a reason for growing food and nutrition insecurity in the country.

•    Women Empowerment: One of the very important issues that need to be addressed is that of Women’s empowerment through education and health. This is a prerequisite for achieving nutrition security in India, since mother’s awareness and education would have positive spillover impact on children’s well being.

PARTICIPANTS PROFILE

In order to improve food security and poverty alleviation the participation of the following plays an important role:
•    Government Sector / State Enterprise
•    Global Leaders
•    Foreign Missions
•    Partner Countries (Specially under-developed and developing countries)
•    Diplomats
•    Policy makers, Scientists & Academicians
•    Agro Industry
•    Food Processing Industry
•    Seafood Manufacturer
•    Frozen Food Manufacturer
•    Food product/ Semi-finished Products Manufacturer
•    Confectionery Manufacturer
•    Beverage/ Soft Drink/ Brewing Industry
•    Dairy Manufacturer
•    Food Service Equipment Dealer/ Distributor
•    Warehousing / Logistics Companies
•    NGOs
•    Other Related Business
 

Registration Fees: 

For more details please contact: 

Chetan Vij: 9818258904, 011 4655 0575
chetan.vij@assocham.com

Shikha Dutta: 9560514856, 011 4655 0569
shikha.dutta@assocham.com



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