NEW DELHI: The world’s largest food producer, India, has said it will revive 100% production of its food and drink production to ensure food security for the 21st century, as part of a global effort to reverse the catastrophic decline of the food system.
The country will replace almost half of the existing food system with a sustainable system, it said on Thursday in its first major initiative since it was founded in the late 1970s.
The announcement comes after a decade of unprecedented economic growth, the world-first global price rise and a host of challenges, including a massive food crisis.
India’s government and international investors have long pushed for greater production, but it has been reluctant to adopt a sustainable approach.
The government announced the new target in a statement on Thursday, but said it would only start a process of transformation once it has implemented the first phase of the target by the end of 2018.
The target was announced as part to a plan to build a sustainable agriculture system, which is to replace most of the country’s food systems.
India has an estimated 25% of world’s food production, and its projected economic growth is projected to fall to 1.8% this year from the current 3%.
The country, which has been on a fast-paced growth path, has struggled to feed its growing population and has been facing a severe food crisis due to the country having the world ‘s second-largest population of 7.8 billion.
According to a report published by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, more than 1.3 billion tonnes of food were lost in India in the past decade.
The food crisis is a major cause of the global food supply crisis.
In a country where about 90% of people are malnourished, the country needs to feed the next 1.2 billion people by 2030, according to the World Food Program.