Food and Agriculture Organization Current Affairs - 2019

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Coffee Table Book launched to commemorate 50 years of partnership with UNWFP

The Coffee Table Book50 years of Partnership for Change’ was launched by Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar along with Dr. Hameed Nuru, Representative and Country Director, United Nation World Food Programme (UNWFP) in India, to commemorate five decades (50 years) of partnership between Union Ministry and agency towards addressing food and nutritional security in India.

About Coffee Table Book

It showcases key milestones achieved by Government of India (GoI) in its efforts to make the country free from hunger and malnutrition and role played by WFP in this endeavour.

The book includes some of the major turning points in India’s journey towards food and nutrition security captured in Green Revolution, White revolution (also known as operation flood), digitization of food safety nets, improvements in livestock and dairy development.

About UN World Food Programme

It was founded in 1961. It was formally established by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 1963. It is headquartered in Rome, Italy.

It is food-assistance branch of United Nations. It is also the world’s largest humanitarian organization that addresses hunger and promotes food security.

It is member of United Nations Development Group (UNDG) and part of its executive committee.

As per WFP, it provides food assistance to an average of 91.4 million people in 83 countries each year.

UNWFP is prime partners of Agriculture Ministry to achieve collective target of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)-2: ending hunger, achieving food security, improving nutrition and promoting sustainable agriculture.

18 June: Sustainable Gastronomy Day observed

The Sustainable Gastronomy Day is observed all across the world every year on 18 June. Gastronomy refers to the study of relationship between food and culture and the commitment to sustainability implies responsibility for production and consumption of food.

About Sustainable Gastronomy Day

Background: In December 2016, United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 18 June as World Sustainable Gastronomy Day by adopting resolution A/RES/71/246.

Objective: To acknowledge gastronomy as a cultural expression related to natural as well as cultural diversity of world. It also reaffirms that all cultures and civilizations are contributors and crucial enablers of sustainable development throughout the world.

Sustainable Gastronomy Commitment: means that all player involved such as public, private, producer, business, and travel institutions should support consumption of sustainable food and work towards creating links with local producers. This commitment of gastronomy towards principles of sustainability includes- poverty reduction, protection of cultural values, heritage and diversity, efficient use of resources and environmental protection and climate change.

Observance Facilitation: The United Nation General Assembly (UNGA), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) work towards facilitating observance of Sustainable Gastronomy Day, in collaboration with Member States, UN organizations and other international and regional bodies, as well as civil society.

Significance: The day is observed to emphasize the need to focus world’s attention on role that sustainable gastronomy can play in addition to its interlinkages with the three dimensions of sustainable development which is in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by promoting-

  • conservation of biodiversity
  • agricultural development
  • nutrition
  • food security
  • sustainable food production