FOOD SECURITY IN INDIA
Food the most elementary need of any human being has always been promised to the segment at the bottom of the societal pyramid. Despite this, food security remains a distant dream in our country. Regardless of a person’s financial situation, the visionaries paint a picture of a society where every individual is guaranteed two nutritious meals per day. In such a society, the dreaded poverty line must have significance in terms of variations experienced in food grain availability. Vision is painted by a brush of hope and tints of fruitful efforts. But sadly the efforts to make this vision happens have lacked vigor and direction.
Food production cannot keep up with the rate at which mouths are being fed, which is the root cause of the problem and now with covid19, the situation related to food security became worse than ever. Food production cannot keep up with demand, indicating the fragility of the food system. Farmers and agricultural workers have been denied access to food markets because of border closures, trade restrictions, and confinement measures, disrupting domestic and international food supply chains and reducing access to healthy, safe, and varied diets. In the wake of the pandemic, millions of jobs have been lost and livelihoods at risk. Millions of women and men are facing threats to their food security and nutrition as breadwinning employees lose their jobs, become ill, or die. Marginalized populations, including small-scale farmers and indigenous peoples, are most vulnerable.
It’s ironic that in a predominantly agricultural nation, the vision for food security is farfetched and far from reality.