The programme focuses on ‘Food and Nutrition Security in a Post-Pandemic World’ in the rural context
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay and African-Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO) have jointly inaugurated an international online training programme on ‘Food and Nutrition Security in a Post-Pandemic World’. The online training will be held between September 14 and 23.
The programme brings together over 100 delegates from 26 nations in Asia and Africa to discuss food production, food security and nutrition security in the pandemic era. The training programme aims to identify sustainable approaches that address the technical and policy level challenges faced in ensuring food and nutrition securities in the context of rural areas.
The delegates were welcomed by Anand B Rao, the head of Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas (CTARA) at IIT Bombay. AARDO secretary general Manoj Nardeosingh inaugurated the programme, saying that technological solutions are the most effective ways to solve contemporary and impending challenges pertaining to food and nutrition securities in rural communities in both Africa and Asia.
IIT Bombay director Subhasis Chaudhuri was also present at the ceremony. He pointed out that while the theme of the training programme is in the domain of the SDG-2, its ramifications are cross-cutting. “The outcomes of the training programme and the improved understanding of the participants holding different roles in government, NGOs and private institutions would definitely help address the problems of food and nutrition securities in post-pandemic times,” Chaudhuri said.
The keynote address was delivered by Bishow Parajuli -- representative and India director of the World Food Program (WFP) -- who focused on important issues related to world food security, climate change and the coping mechanisms during the pandemic and its aftermath.
This programme has been conceptualised by professors Satish Agnihotri, Amit Arora and Parmeshwar Udmale from CTARA, IIT Bombay.
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