India will launch its ¬†ambitious ‘Zero Hunger’ programme through interventions in farm sector at Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh, Koraput in Odisha and Thane in Maharashtra on on October 16, the World Food day.

As the programme is to later expand across the country, the three districts that adopt suitable agricultural\horticultural practices will act as models of an integrated approach to deal with hunger and malnutrition.

This ambitious, farm-based programme is line with India’s target to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) target of ending hunger by 2030.

The programme is initiated by the the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation and the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC).

Genetic gardens for biofortified crops would be set up under the programme, and which will also conduct ‘Zero Hunger’ training, in association with state governments.

‚ÄúThere will be intensive training programme in order to identify the nutritional maladies in each district and the appropriate agricultural/horticultural and animal husbandry remedies”, M S Swaminathan, eminent agricultural scientist, told the Times of India.

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