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13 Jan

Pongal greetings - Implications for action: Prof M S Swaminathan

Chennai, January 13, 2017: My best wishes for a very happy Pongal to all the people of our country. Although Pongal is celebrated largely in Tamil Nadu, its significance is common to all people. For example, Pongal provides an opportunity for recognising the contributions of sunlight, green plants and farm families to sustainable food and livelihood security. In Countries in Northern Latitude where the Sun is not to be seen for several months together, people appreciate the value of sunlight.

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12 Jan

Drought management in Tamil Nadu: Prof M S Swaminathan

Chennai, January 12, 2017: The Government of Tamil Nadu has declared the state as drought affected. This will help in providing the needed assistance to farming families in their hour of distress. I however hope some amount of funds will also be provided for strengthening the coping capacity of farm families in managing the effects of future droughts. The following areas need particular attention.

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29 Jul

Launching a farmers' movement to overcome malnutrition: Prof M S Swaminathan

June 14, 2016: The occurrence of widespread malnutrition, particularly amongst women and children, is a cause for concern. The Global Nutrition Report 2016, released today, confirms that in the case of under-5 stunting and wasting, India’s position is 114 and 120 respectively among 129 countries. Although we have many schemes, there appear to be few targets and little synergy amongst them. The time has come therefore to review our strategy for achieving a malnutrition-free India. The major change in my view is to make farm families the leaders of the anti-malnutrition movement.

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29 Jul

World Food Prize puts focus on biofortification

Chennai, June 30, 2016: The World Food Prize that recognizes outstanding work by individuals towards enhancing quality, quantity or availability food in the world will be awarded this year for four individuals for their work on biofortification. Drs. Maria Andrade, Robert Mwanga, Jan Low and Howarth Bouis were announced as the 2016 World Food Prize Laureates by the US State Department in Washington on June 28, 2016.

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