Rs 75 Commemorative coin to be released in India to mark the 75th Anniversary of FAO

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will release a commemorative coin of Rs 75 denomination in order to mark the long-standing relation of India with Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on the occasion of 75th Anniversary of FAO on October 16, 2020. He would also be dedicating recently developed 17 biofortified varieties of 8 crops.

Highlights

  • The event will mark the highest priority given by the government to agriculture and nutrition.
  • It also resolves to completely eliminate hunger, undernourishment and malnutrition.
  • It will be attended by Anganwadis, Krishi Vigyan Kendras, Organic and Horticulture Missions across the country.   

India- FAO association

The Food and Agriculture Organization is an specialized organization of the United Nations. It leads the global efforts to defeat hunger and improve nutrition and food security. It was founded in October 1945. India’s association with the FAO has been historic. FAO has played a crucial role in making the vulnerable classes and masses economically and nutritionally stronger. Indian Civil Service Officer Dr. Binay Ranjan Sen had been the Director General of FAO during 1956-1967. Also, FAO has endorsed several proposals of India such as proposals for the International Year of Pulses in 2016 and the International Year of Millets 2023.

POSHAN Abhiyan to combat malnutrition

India has rolled out POSHAN Abhiyaan that targets over 100 million people. It is aimed at reducing the stunting, undernutrition, anaemia, and low birth weight.

Malnutrition

It is a global problem that have affected two billion people. They suffers from micronutrient deficiency. Further, 45% of deaths among children are associated with the malnutrition. Combating malnutrition is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. 

Combating Malnutrition

Government of India have aligned with the international priority and has been prioritising the nutritionally rich varieties of crops that also contains adequate level of micronutrients such as iron, zinc, calcium, and protein etc. The National Agricultural Research System under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has also developed 53 such varieties in last five years.  

India’s nutri-thali

The recently developed 16 biofortified varieties of 8 crops that will be dedicated to the nation by the Prime Minister will have up to 3 times increase in nutritional value. These varieties, along with other food ingredients, will be transforming the normal Indian thali into nutri-thali. The production of bio-fortified crop varieties will also be linked with the mid-day meal, Anganwadi etc. programmes in order to reduce malnutrition and make India Kuposhan Mukta.