On Feb 26, the Akshaya Patra Foundation was conferred the prestigious Gandhi Peace Prize by the President of India. It began as a charitable venture in 2000, serving a nutritious lunch to 1,500 children in five Bangalore schools. The meal was so well received that a year later the Indian government mandated a nutritious lunch meal to be served in every government school. Akshaya Patra, a partner with the central and state government in this effort, is now the world’s largest mid-day meal programme, and served its 3 billionth meal this month. This successful public-private partnership uses high technology, engineering, world-class logistics and management to achieve its goals. But it also ensures India’s food security by sourcing grains and vegetables from local farmers, which in turn preserves the diversity of regional food habits and nutrition. Akshay Patra’s case study on food security was written especially for, and presented at, the ThinkTank20 (T20) meeting hosted by Gateway House in Mumbai in February 2018. The T20 is an official sub-forum of the G20, and the 2018 meeting was held under the G20 presidency of Argentina, one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of agricultural products. Food security and sustainable agriculture was one of the three key issues for Argentina’s G20 Presidency – a focus which India also shares
Cyrus Rustomjee, Senior Fellow, Global Economy Program, Centre for International Governance Innovation, Canada, spoke to Gateway House on how the Blue Economy offers exciting opportunities to even the poorest developing countries to eradicate poverty
Gateway House co-hosted the Think20 Mumbai meeting on 12 March 2018. It brought together prominent experts, academics and senior government representatives. In a series of interviews conducted by Gateway House during the conference, Shaktikanta Das, India’s G20 Sherpa, spoke on India's role in the G20 process and its role in the multilateral institution
Gateway House co-hosted two conferences, the Think20 Mumbai meeting and the Gateway of India Geoeconomic Dialogue on March 12-13. The events brought together prominent experts, academics and senior government representatives. In a series of interviews conducted by Gateway House during the conference, Pedro Villagra Delgado, Argentina’s G20 Sherpa, spoke on the common concerns that unite his country with India
Rajrishi Singhal, senior Geoeconomics Fellow at Gateway House, comments on the recent agreement between India and the U.S. on the issue of food security
Recent developments at the WTO's two-day General Council Meeting that started on July 24 suggest that India will agree to sign the trade facilitation agreement only if the deal comes bundled with a permanent solution that will allow unhindered roll-out of welfare schemes such as the food security programme.
Gateway House outlines a renewed agenda for India’s relationship with Latin America. If the new government led by Narendra Modi takes these policy steps, centred on economic diplomacy, India can benefit from Latin America’s huge natural resources, increasingly assertive foreign policy, and significant economic growth
At the World Trade Organisation (WTO)’s ongoing ninth Ministerial Conference, the focus of several countries is on food security. What does the proposed ‘Peace Clause,’ mean for developing nations? What are the complex factors at play in the decision-making process, in the ongoing meeting?
A recent UN report praises governments for promoting the right to food. At the same time, India’s Food Security Act will encounter resistance at the WTO meeting in Bali in December. Can India play an exemplary role in the global power struggle over food security?
The controversy surrounding the World Food Prize and the Food Sovereignty Prize over the use of genetically modified organisms lends itself to a one-dimensional narrative. There is an urgent need to look beyond this stalemate