Household with Ration Cards
Access to adequate food and nutrition for all is the key to ensuring any form of holistic development. As per the Global Hunger Index 2020, India ranked 94 out of 107 countries, with “serious” levels of hunger. Food insecurity leads to a cycle of increased mortality rates, survival risks, reduced learning capacity, sub-optimal productivity and enforcing poverty which again limits nutritional intake. All these factors cumulatively result in reduced economic growth, thereby forcing communities into a poverty trap. Given the poverty status of these vulnerable communities, lack of access to PDS adds to their vulnerability and survival challenges.
Household with Ration Cards in the Sustainable Development Goals
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2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
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-centred rural development and protecting the environment.
Right now, our soils, freshwater, oceans, forests and biodiversity are being rapidly degraded. Climate change is putting even more pressure on the resources we depend on, increasing risks associated with disasters such as droughts and floods. Many rural women and men can no longer make ends meet on their land, forcing them to migrate to cities in search of opportunities.
A profound change of the global food and agriculture system is needed if we are to nourish today’s 815 million hungry and the additional 2 billion people expected by 2050.
The food and agriculture sector offers key solutions for development, and is central for hunger and poverty eradication.
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By 2030, end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round
By 2030, end all forms of malnutrition, including achieving, by 2025, the internationally agreed targets on stunting and wasting in children under 5 years of age, and address the nutritional needs of adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women and older persons