COMPENDIUM, IEEC-2023   ( ISBN : 978-81-967860-4-5 )
Theme- 6: Community based Farming System for Nutrition - Achieving Nutritional Security for the Farm Families and Community

Importance of Nutritional Security Interventions for Child and Women

Anju Bala, Gautam, Rajesh Kumar and Anika Malik

Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Hisar, Haryana


Interventions According to UN statistics, 8.9 per cent of the world's population is currently undernourished. The second Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), which includes the issue of access to secure, healthy, and sufficient food, is now far from being accomplished by 2030. Food insecurity affects some marginalized groups more severely than others depending on factors like gender, religion, class, caste, and geography. Even before the COVID-19 epidemic, there was a significant gender disparity in food insecurity. Food security and food literacy are related in two ways: first, a lack of the former can exacerbate the latter, and second, a person's ability to employ food literacy activities to obtain a healthy diet can be hindered by food in insecurity. However, even as food literacy can enhance food security through knowledge and skills that can help increase income, food insecurity issues are complex and multidimensional, of which food and nutrition illiteracy is but one dimension. Women play a crucial role in maintaining the four dimensions of food security: availability, access, utilization and stability of food security—as food producers, farmers and entrepreneurs. Additionally, a woman's nutritional state affects the postpartum nutritional status of her child. Thus, discrimination against women and gender inequality can have a significant impact on how people around the world consume food and nutrition. Gender inequality and discrimination can thus severely affect the nutrition and food outcomes of individuals worldwide and also affect the agriculture and livestock sectors adversely. So, it is necessary to bring priority issues about interventions in nutritional security for government, policymakers and all concerned stakeholders to solve the problems that have retarded progress in all sectors especially agriculture and livestock sectors with a sense of urgency where women play a vital role in the development of the nation.

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