Recently, the Director General of COAG on the eve of the 24th session of the Committee on Agriculture (COAG) held in Rome, made some interesting remarks pertaining to agriculture.
COAG was established in 1971 and with over 100 members within its ranks, the COAG's biennial meeting addressed a wide range of issues, including family farming, sustainable agriculture, food safety, water governance, soil management and agricultural heritage systems.
While addressing the keynote speech, the President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, underscored his Government's support of the principle that food be considered a universal right and noted that his country was on the verge of passing a law establishing said right.
Other chief highlights on the above agriculture summit are as follows:
- It was suggested to decrease the amounts of inputs such as water and chemicals in agriculture and this call for a paradigm shift in global attitudes on agriculture. Such a move would ensure the agriculture sector move towards a more sustainable and productive long term path.
- Future options for agriculture could be agro-ecology, climate-smart agriculture, biotechnology and the use of genetically modified organisms. The Director General emphasized that global food production would need to grow by 60 per cent by 2050 in order to meet the expected demand from an anticipated world population of nine billion.
- Relying on input-intensive model to increase production should be discouraged.
- Alternatives using an inclusive approach based on science and evidence, not on ideologies, should be the preferred route for future agriculture practices.
Indian agricultural based scientists and all others concerned can take a note on the above especially the issue of making food a universal right for bettering the food prospects in the country.