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oct 16

CM Launched Vision Document on Food Secure Assam-2030

Guwahati, 16th October: ‘Assam faces frequent devastating floods that not only destroy lakhs of hectares of agricultural lands, but also make thousands of peoples landless and homeless. The devastating flood of this year destroyed 2.5 Lakhs hectares of crops as per the record of the state agriculture department and Government of Assam is committed to rehabilitate these lands and ensure ‘Food Security for All’; Sarbananda Sonowal, Chief Minister of Assam, stated it in the ‘World Food Day Celebration’ event, organized by North East Institute of Advanced Studies (Northeast-IAS) in the state capital today.

While launching the Vision document ‘Food Secure Assam-2030’, prepared by North East Institute of Advanced Studies, Mr. Sonowal highlighted that Government aims to address hunger and poverty, as well as their underlying drivers. Food security and malnutrition are complex, systemic challenges, and we have learned that no single intervention, policy change or investment is sufficient to alleviate them. He stated that to end hunger and poverty, we must commit to a holistic approach rooted in our learning and evidence to date. We must bring together the efforts of governments, donors, civil society and the private sector, with the same sense of urgency and hope that encourages us to collective action.’’

Mr. Sonowal called upon development institutions, and technical agencies, to support the government with technical assistance and called upon donors and private sectors to responsibly invest capital (particularly in small and medium-sized enterprises, smallholder farms and women-owned businesses), and supporting in innovation and scaling up market-based solutions that promote food security.

Speaking in the event, Samudra Gupta Kashyap, Senior Journalist highlighted the importance of civil societies and their participation in making Assam a food secure state. He also called upon civil society organizations—from producer groups to private voluntary organizations and universities—to build capacity with proven and new approaches and hold the private and public sectors accountable.

While welcoming the participations, Keshav C Das, Director of the Northeast-IAS stated that the vision document ‘Food Secure Assam-2030’ focuses on ensuring improved nutrition, food security for All and transforming Assam into the next stage of Green Revolution. The vision document proposes that ’Food Secure Assam-2030 can be achieved with steadfast leadership, political will and commitment to results, evidence-based action and accountability. Northeast -IAS has also donated a Rupee 50,000 to the Chief Minister Relief Fund as part of its responsible investment program for Food Security. The event was attended by Hrishikesh Goswami, Media Adviser to CM and Santanu Bharali, Legal Adviser to CM.

Northeast-IAS is currently taking up professional training and mentoring programmes in Guwahati. The institute is now providing free civil service training to more than 200 number of brilliant youth of the northeast states and aims to produce 100 civil servants in 5 years time from the state.