27th July 2009
The workshop was organized by a collective of civil society organizations including Food Trade and Nutrition Coalition Asia, Institute of Development Studies Jaipur, Gene Campaign, CECOEDECON, and Pairvi at India Habitat Centre, Delhi on 27th July 2009. The workshop witnessed participation of more than 50 organizations from Delhi and other states. The participants included WWF India, RIS, Oxfam India, CENTAD, Delhi Science Forum, SADED. Speaking at an interactive workshop organized by a collective of civil society organizations, ex-chief economic advisor to Government of India and Under Secretary General of the United Nations, Dr. Nitin Desai, said that we must address the issues of denial within our efforts to ensure food security. He said that common property resources are getting gobbled up and we must link planning and execution at Panchayat level to make the anti poverty programmes more inclusive and locally owned. He added that climate change is the latest threat to long term food security and civil society organizations can make a huge contribution in terms of bringing more information on manifestations of climate change from the grass roots level. We must identify who will be adversely affected and try to plan which puts them in the centre.