Bhubaneswar, feb 29 (LoA seminar on ‘Food and nutrition security in a climate change scenario’ was organised by a Chennai Based organisation, Vidyavahini Trust, at Lohia Academi, Bhubaneswar today.
The seminar was an attempt to bring scientific community, political leadership and civil society together on one platform to share their views on the issue and draw ideas towards solution.
Speaking on the occasion, former vice-chancellor of Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology, highlighted that climate change being a reality, it changes the landscape including farmlands.
Bidyadhar Maharana, an expert of agriculture and a consultant to World bank and Asian Development Bank talked about the growing imbalance in the resource management sector due to population growth and lack of resources.
Shantamay Chatterjee, Regional Director of the Odisha chapter of Care India advocated for a shift in agriculture to make it sustainable and income generation for the poor and marginal farmers to enable them invest in farming.
Explaining the impacts of climate change, Karthik Ganesan, a risk management expert with Standard Chattered Bank said, “climate change has not only impacted humans but also Polar bears who have started adopting to cannibalism.”
Reiterating the impacts of climate change on farm sector, former finance minister of Odisha Panchana Kanungo suggested, “We need to be friendly to the nature if we want nature to be friendly to us.”
“It’s our duty to question our own acts and take responsibility to protect our environment and reduce risks of climate change,” said Swami Anand Saraswati of the host organisation.
The honourable guest of the seminar, a Kolkata based Principal Income Tax Commissioner, Devendra Narayan Kar said, “Do we talk about fundamental duties as much as we talk about fundamental rights, which are enshrined in the constitution? One of the fundamental duties is to protect environment.”
While Golak Mohapatra, the spokesperson of Odisha BJP insisted on strong political will and action to overcome the issue other speakers like Prashant Mohanty of Nirman, Rajkishore Mishra of Khadya Adhikar Abhiyan, and Malay Sahu of Odisha Millet Mission suggested for revival of indigenous crop cultivation and empowering farmers to shift to climate resilient agriculture.
In the seminar moderated by senior journalists like Sandeep Sahu and Jatindra Dash, trustee of Vidyavahini Trust and host of the event, Nagen Barik said that such issues need continuous discussion.