While advanced technologies can provide much of the solutions for improved production and sustainability, the debate about use of such technologies to meet our future food requirements has reached a deadlock for long. Therefore, as a part of its initiative to provide a platform for dialogue and deliberation Governance Now magazine, organized the conference titled 'Future of food governance: role of technology for food security' in New Delhi on November 07, 2013.
The event was aimed at triggering a discussion on issues like whether the country can produce enough food without any help from genetic engineering and can India forever ignore technology intervention in agriculture. The meeting was in the background of the fact that in all the debates over GM, there is common ground. And there is a common intent of both sides to have the food security for the future generation.
Present on the occasion as the speacial guest was, Mr Dalip Singh, additional secretary, ministry of agriculture, government of India. The guest of honour was Dr R B Singh, president, NAAS.
In his address, Dr R B Singh noted that GDP rate has slipped to 5% from 8-9% in the recent years. He expressed his dismay over the growing rigid gap between rich and poor. He commented further, "40% of the mal-nutritioned children are in India. Therefore, food bill has to reach out to poorest of poor."
"The genetically modified (GM) technologies have been a point of different perspectives and debates. Different ministries hold divergent opinions on the issue. But the prime minister's opinion on the issue has been clear that liberation of science is important for the human society as the hunger of a child can't wait," said Dr Singh on the GM debate.