COMPENDIUM, IEEC-2023   ( ISBN : 978-81-967860-4-5 )
Theme-3: Bio-diversity and Resource Conservation, Livelihood and Food Security towards Sustainable Agri-food Systems

Expanding Food Security through Diversified Animal Products: Awareness and Challenges

Umesh Kumar Jaiswal, Rajesh Kumar, Anika Malik, Sanjay Kumar Rewani, Ashok Baindha and Gautam

Post- Graduate Institute of Veterinary Education & Research (PGIVER), Jaipur, Rajasthan


Food security remains a pressing global concern, as the world's population continues to grow and environmental challenges threaten agricultural and allied sector production. In this context, product diversification emerges as a strategic approach to address food security issues by expanding the variety of food products available to consumers. An survey was conducted to gather data from farmers of various age groups, genders, and geographical locations in Haryana. The questionnaire covering demographics, awareness of diversified animal products, perceived benefits, concerns, implementation challenges, personal behaviour and food choices, and an opportunity for additional comments. This paper explores the role of diversified animal products in enhancing food security and presents the associated awareness and challenges. By expanding the range of animal-based foods, we can improve dietary options, promote resilience in agricultural systems, and address nutritional deficiencies. However, this approach is not without obstacles, including environmental impacts, cultural considerations, and market barriers. By raising awareness and advocating for policy changes, this paper advocates for a more sustainable and inclusive approach to food security that embraces the potential of diversified animal products. The results highlight the level of the awareness among farming community and the urgent need for collaborative efforts to build resilient food systems and ensure a more food-secure future. The perceived benefits included improved nutrition, reduced reliance on a single protein source, increased income opportunities for farmers, and enhanced resilience to climate change impacts.

IEEC-2023 at RARI (SKNAU, Jobner), Jaipur, Rajasthan organised by Society of Extension Education, Agra, India