Mumbai, September 14, 2021: African-Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO) and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay today inaugurated an international online training programme on “Food and Nutrition Security in a Post-Pandemic World”. The online training will be held between 14th to 23rd September, 2021.
The programme brings together over 100 delegates from 26 nations from Asia and Africa to discuss food production, food security and nutrition security in the pandemic era. The training programme aims to identify sustainable approaches that address the technical and policy level challenges faced in ensuring food and nutrition securities in the rural areas context. The delegates were welcomed by Prof. Anand B. Rao, Head, Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas (CTARA), IIT Bombay. H.E. Dr. Manoj Nardeosingh, the Secretary General of AARDO inaugurated the program. He stated that technologies and technological solutions are the most effective ways to solve contemporary and impending challenges, pertaining to food and nutrition securities in rural communities in both Africa and Asia. The ceremony was also graced by Prof. Subhasis Chaudhuri, Director, IIT Bombay. He pointed out that while the theme of the training program is in the domain of the SDG-2, its ramifications are cross cutting. He expressed the hope that “the outcomes of the training program and the improved understanding of the participants holding different roles in government, NGOs, and private institutions would definitely help address the problems of food and nutrition securities in post-pandemic times”.
The keynote address was delivered by Mr. Bishow Parajuli, World Food Program (WFP), Representative and Country Director, India who focused on important issues related to world food security, climate change and the coping mechanisms during the pandemic and its aftermath.
This program has been conceptualized by Prof. Satish Agnihotri, Prof. Amit Arora and Prof. Parmeshwar Udmale from CTARA, IIT Bombay.