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Krishi Jagran & Harvest Plus to Co-Host a Webinar on Nutrition Smart Agriculture on 27 May

Inclusion of nutrient-enriched crops is considered a nutrition-smart agriculture approach, taking into account the role of bio-fortified seeds, whose nutritional quality has been improved through agronomic practises, conventional plant breeding, or modern biotechnology.

Shivam Dwivedi
Webinar on Nutrition Smart Agriculture
Webinar on Nutrition Smart Agriculture

Nutrition-smart agriculture, as we all know, is a food-based approach to agricultural development that emphasises the availability and accessibility of nutrient-dense foods as a means of combating malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies. It focuses on increasing farmer and rural community productivity, income, and profits, as well as improving human nutritional status.

The inclusion of nutrient-enriched crops is considered a nutrition-smart agriculture approach, taking into account the role of bio-fortified seeds, whose nutritional quality has been improved through agronomic practices, conventional plant breeding, or modern biotechnology. Bio-fortified crops were only adopted when they became as productive and resistant to pests and diseases as regular varieties, and when they satisfied consumer tastes and other preferences.

Objectives of Webinar:

  • Discuss the trends and key aspects involved in promoting nutrition smart agriculture

  • Discuss appropriate linkages between nutrition, agriculture, and income pathways in building resilient food systems

  • Discuss relevant approaches such as the integration of nutrient-enriched crops as a strategy to alleviate malnutrition and poverty in low-income households

In this context, Krishi Jagran is hosting a Webinar on Nutrition Smart Agriculture: 'Supplementing Farmers' Income and Health' (supported by Harvest Plus) on May 27, 2022, at 3 p.m. to learn about the perspectives of various leaders, and government officials, and nutrition experts.

Program Schedule/Agenda

  • Welcome Remarks & Introduction to Speakers: Dr. P.K Pant, COO, Krishi Jagran

  • Keynote address: Current status and the need to emphasize nutrition smart agriculture practices for augmenting farmers' income and health by Dr. S.K Malhothra, Agriculture & Horticulture Commissioner, Ministry of Agriculture

  • Keynote address: Nutrition Smart Agriculture by Dr. Rakesh Sarwal, Additional Secretary (Agriculture) Niti Aayog Delhi

  • Moderator: Siddharth Bhattacharya, Lead-Partner Relationship, Agri-technology Development, IFFCO Kisan

  • Opportunities for Improving Farmer's income and health through Nutrition smart agriculture by Nishi Kant Dixit, Lead- Livelihood UPSRLM

  • Discuss the impact of consuming biofortified foods as an approach to alleviate malnutrition and poverty in low-income households: Prateek Uniyal, Program Manager, HarvestPlus- India, Nanditha Krishnan, Senior Project Manager, GAIN

Improving Delivery mechanisms for commercialization of nutrient-enriched crops across FPOs/ Farmers: Rajeev Daima, MGR, NABARD Lucknow

Q and A, Concluding Remarks: Moderator- IFFCO Kisan

Vote of Thanks: Dr. P.K Pant, COO, Krishi Jagran

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