Number of undernourished people rose by 45% in seven years: FAO -Srishti Choudhary

-Livemint.com

* The report was released on the sidelines of the 14th Conference of Parties of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification Conference in Greater Noida

* Representatives from over 198 countries and agencies are engaged in deliberations in the conference on strategies needed to mitigate drought

New Delhi:
As climate risks become more profound on agricultural activities, a report by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) has highlighted that the number of undernourished people in drought-sensitive countries, including India, increased by nearly 45% in the last seven years.

The report was released on the sidelines of the 14th Conference of Parties (COP14) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification Conference (UNCCD) here on Wednesday.

With the intensity and frequency of drought expected to increase in the next few years, experts highlighted that mitigation should focus on drought as a “risk" and not as a “crisis". Representatives from over 198 countries and agencies are engaged in deliberations in the conference on strategies needed to mitigate drought.

Countries are being encouraged to design and implement national drought policies on three pillars--drought monitoring and early warning system, vulnerability assessment and drought preparedness, and mitigation and response, which should essentially focus on the poor and strengthen their livelihood.

The negotiations are crucial for India, as several districts in some states, including Jharkhand and Bihar, are facing a situation akin to drought. Below average monsoon rainfall and persistent dry weather in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal have hampered planting activities.

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Livemint.com, 11 September, 2019, https://www.livemint.com/news/india/number-of-undernourished-people-rose-by-45-in-seven-years-fao-1568209622939.html

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