Food security is defined in its most basic form as access by all people at all times to the food needed for a healthy life. The first Millennium Development Goal (MDG) is dedicated to eradicating extreme poverty and hunger globally.

Key issues to be addressed by CSIR under this research theme include:  

  •  Cereals and Legumes
  • Roots, Tubers, Horticultural (Vegetables & Fruits) and Industrial Crops
  • Forest, Trees and Plant Resources (Natural Products)
  • Livestock and Poultry
  • Fisheries and Aqua-culture
  • Soils, Mechanization, Agro-food processing
  • Biotechnology (Genetics, Germplasm Conservation, Bio-prospecting and Bio-processing)

Other cross cutting research on the theme will focus on entrepreneurial livelihood opportunities in rural labor markets, especially for women, the youth and other disadvantaged groups; Land access rights, Benefit Sharing, markets and micro-finance; ensuring security and improved incomes from agricultural activities; promotion of adequate or relevant agriculture policy; promotion of health, safe environmental conditions, food safety issues, nutrition, and gender equality.

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