Source: The Hitavada      Date: 20 Apr 2018 11:40:55









FOOD security is a significant challenge the world is diligently dealing with in the wake of constant climate changes arising out of global warming. In this backdrop the SAARC conference on ‘Climate Resilient Agricultural Policies, Strategies and Programmes’ has made a good beginning to identify problems afflicting agricultural systems in South Asia. It provides a unique opportunity to agricultural experts of SAARC nations to spell out action for climate resilient agrarian systems in the region. Agricultural needs of South Asian countries vary in a big way from what is being practised in the West. South Asian countries, despite their diverse topography, share many common agricultural practices and food systems. Therefore it is imperative for all these nations to draw a joint strategy that is different from the West to tackle the problem of food security. Instead of blindly aping the techniques used by other countries agriculturists in South Asia can safely fall back on traditional farming ways as an effective tool to fight the challenge of changing climate.


THAT 95 pc of the world’s population is breathing unhealthy air and that India and China account for over 50 pc of deaths duet to pollution, is quite an alarming health prospect for the world. Boston-based Health Effects Institute (HEI) in its annual Global Air Report has said that long term exposure to polluted air has led to approximately 6.1 million deaths across the world in 2016. Thus the potential of pollution to cause deaths on a massive scale world-wide is much higher than any epidemic. But unfortunately humanity has not woken up to this grave reality that confronts mankind. That is precisely why, despite warnings from the scientist community over long decades, neither people nor governments all over the world have taken serious measures to contain the damage that environmental pollution has been causing to public health. The fact that a leading global power like the United States walks out of multilateral forum on pollution control only to protect its own commercial and industrial interests shows the apathy of Governments.