About nutritional security v/s food security

I INVITE OTHERS TO JOIN IN THIS DEBATE - Shambu..

Dinesh Kumar: The national food security mission is coming up with food security act..
is there any way the issue of nutritional security and the value of supplying whole grains be raised.
If we can shift from consuming the Polished white rice to partially polished or unpolished rice - we will be making a huge jump in ensuring the nutritional security of our country's population also using the unpolished paddy rice/ semi polished paddy rice will bring down over all food grain requirement of the family by close to
30% if not more.
Shambu: We have little public policy support for sustainability. The very fact that whether it is SRI or any other practice that is sustainable and contributing to local food security, public policy is biased against this and hell bent on providing unreachable quantities of grain to the poor.

 


About nutritional security v/s food security
From: Dinesh Kumar
Date: Thu, Jun 25, 2009

as far as I remember Kumarappa had worked on a policy frame work for the govt. of independent india looking in to various aspects of society. Food, health, production/industry During my reading nearly 15 years back I remember to have read that he clearly emphasised that it is the primary responsibility of the state to  ensure - health of the citizens as the primary goal. He has mentioned that any food security initiative by the state should not undermine the nutritional security and he has stated that the food that is provided by the institutions/mechanisms like PDS should be minimally processed to keep the inherent nutrition of the food grain. He also talked of the Good v/s industrial refined sugar.
The issue I am trying to bring up here is where did these basic policy necessities lost in the last 5 - 6 decades.
We have all been working on to increase the productivity of the food producing farm lands through various methods -- seeds, manures/fertillizer application, more importnat the recent  practices like SRI.
While the huge amount of resources spent for the Paddy production, which has been case with the Green revolution has ended up with as liability on part of the society due to our present processing policy - like supply of polised White paddy rice.

 

From my experience - i have seen that if we can shift from consuming thePolished white rice to partially polished or unpolished rice - we will be making a huge jump in ensuring the nutritional security of our country'spopulation also using the unpolished paddy rice/ semi polished paddy rice will bring down over all food grain requirement of the family by close to 30% if not more.

This is saving I think is considerable given the food shortage that is being projected. We need less extent of land to produce the food grains needed for our population.
The national food security mission is coming up with food security act

I have been wondering that is there any way the issue of nutritional security and the value of supplying whole grains be raised some where and brought to notice.There has been no. of research studies in India as well as
abroad have time and again confirmed the benefits of consuming the whole grains(minimally processed). We had this as part of our cultural practices but lost in the course of modernisation and westernisation. I think going by the kind of work you have been involved as part of policy innovations - can you look in to this.
Just one shift of stopping one step early in the food processing ladder can have of enormous positive impact on the world's  Famous Diabetes capital.
I think in a short time with least expenses this change can be made - the critical question is how do we look at this in our order of priority?
Though we have whole issue of  millets on one side but for now with in the existing system how do we bring in the change to serve the nutritional security. For now one do not need to take up the ecological/environmental cost of cultivating paddy v/s millets.  Tell me what we can do. can this be a issue to look at as part of  KICS.

From:     C Shambu Prasad

Mon, 29 Jun 2009 15:57:32 +0530

Regarding the queries on public policy and the support for nutritional food security, yes Kumarappa did raise these issues and rather systematically in his Gram Udyog Patrika editorials and articles. I have a set of some of them but the original source, so to speak, is Deepak and Venu who are working on the book. I am sure they have more to add on this.
Where did these policies go? We do need to have a systematic understanding of this. My own work has been sketchy and it would indeed be quite apt to make these linkages between dissenters like Kumarappa and the argument for nutrititional food security that you are arguing for. This is all the more important in the context of the new food security act coming up.
We have little public policy support for sustainability. The very fact that whether it is SRI or any other practice that is sustainable and contributing to local food security, public policy is biased against this and hell bent on providing unreachable quantities of grain to the poor. I invite others too to join in the interesting questions that you raise and request Deepak and Venu to share anything that they might have found on this.
Let us keep this dialogue going. Ramoo and others too might have something to add. I have added Rama Melkote to the conversation as she holds an important honorary position on food security in AP.

Regards
Shambu