It is time to rethink how we grow, share and consume our food. If done right, agriculture, forestry and fisheries can provide nutritious food for all and generate decent incomes, while supporting people-centric rural development and protecting the environment. 17.50% of the total population and 47% of all children are undernourished, in India. We are also home to 25 percent of the world’s hungry population. This is despite agriculture being a primary source of income for two-thirds of India’s rural population and having world’s largest area under cultivation for wheat, rice and being largest producer of milk, pulses, and spices. Better use of agricultural biodiversity can contribute to more nutritious diets, enhanced livelihoods for farming communities and more resilient and sustainable farming systems. The biggest concern is also in ensuring foods actually reach those who need it the most. Let us address these challenges that will help: (a) End all forms of malnutrition, and address the nutritional needs of adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women and older persons, (b) Double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, in particular women, indigenous peoples, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers, including through secure and equal access to land, other productive resources and inputs, knowledge, financial services, markets and opportunities for value addition and non-farm employment, and (c) Ensure sustainable food production and distribution systems.

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