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Centre for Food Security & Agro-Economics (CFSAE)

About Centre :

The Food Security and Agro-Economy issues have reached a stage of critical importance at global, regional and local levels. Relevant policies, rules and regulations can serve to achieve improved efficiencies.
The Food Security and Agro-Economy issues encompass broad areas covering National Food Security, Climate Change, Bio-energy, Food Security procedures, Agricultural Law, Environmental Law, Trade liberalization and Transnational law, Intellectual Property Rights, Public Law, Human Rights and Food Security, Agricultural Credit etc. The multidimensional impact of this area has created the need in society for a sharp understanding of how policies affect in evolving, containing, and solving the issues related to Food Security. The Centre for Food Security and Agro-Economy established in Gujarat National Law University has taken initiatives to offer expert consultation in all the areas related to the Food Security and Agro-Economy.
The Centre for Food Security and Agro-Economy aims to provide information infrastructure to the specific areas covered under the Food Security and Agro-Economy concerns. It also provides a forum of professionals representing the different stakeholders including Farmers (both large and small), intermediaries, Market, Government, Public Private Partnership, Foreign Investment, Research and Patenting etc. The Centre’s activities include preparing policy documents, publication of books and articles on the centre’s theme, Organizing Conferences, Seminars, Workshops, conducting field visits and expert lectures etc.

Aims and Objectives:

The Centre for Agriculture and Food security aims to provide information infrastructure to the specific areas covered under Agriculture and Food security concerns and provide a forum of professionals representing the different stakeholders including farmers (both large and small), intermediaries, market, government, public private partnership, foreign investment, research and patenting etc.

Updates:

The Centre for Food Security and Agro Economy of Gujarat National Law University announces 'Ingrained', The Ist Intra University Essay writing, Poster making and Photography competition 2013.
Themes for submission: Food Politics, Policies and Cultures: Exploring claims, controversies, positions, interests and values connected with food.

Paper Presented:

Centre for food security and Agro Economy, Gujarat National Law University, represented its activism on issues of food security in India by presenting a paper on, " Enforcing Right to Food in India: Loopholes in the Expectations and Possible solutions", in a UGC Sponsored National Seminar on Realization of Socio-Economic Rights at Fourth Estate Hall, Thiruvananthpuram, Department of Law, University of Kerala. The aforesaid article was contributed by Dr. Ranita Nagar, Mr. Vivek Dubey, Mr. Manan Dwivedi and Amartya Saha.

Call for Papers- Centre for Food Security & Agro-Economy

With a view to address the concerns of “Global Food Crisis”, the Centre for Food Security & Agro-Economy, Gujarat National Law University is pleased to announce the call for papers for Volume 1 Issue 1, for the books titled “Interdisciplinary Perspectives for a Food Secure World” scholar and student edition respectively. The Book intends to capture the growing maturity and development of an area of research encapsulating Agriculture, Food Security and its multidimensional impact. This publication intends to serve as a vehicle for meaningful academic writing across the board.
The Editorial Committee is now accepting submissions for its first issue.

For more details download the Brochure

(A) EVENTS

  • Inaugural seminar of CFSAE

    GNLU Centre For Food Security & Agro Economy is holding its first inaugural seminar on “Food Security: An Instrument towards Achieving the Millennium Development Goals in the WTO Regime” on Saturday, 10th October 2009 from 1000 to 1400 hours, At Engineering Staff Training College, Ch-5 Corner, Sector-17, Gandhinagar, Gujarat

    Hon’ble guests:

    • Chief Guest - Mr. Dilip Sanghani, Minister of Agriculture, Government of Gujarat
    • Guest of Honour - Professor Anil Gupta, IIM, Ahmedabad and the Guest of Honor

    Distinguished guest speakers:

    • Mr. P. N. Roy Chowdhury, Principal Secretary, Agriculture Dept., Govt. of Gujarat
    • Professor S. Santhakumar, Director MATS Law School, Raipur
    • Mr. Rajiv Maini, Advocate, Delhi High Court
    • Mr. Uday Shankar, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
    • Mr. Hemant Shah, Journalist and Academician, H. K. College, Ahmedabad
    • Mr. C. M. Patel, Joint Director, Department of Agriculture, Government of Gujarat
  • An enunciation on food insecurity: food security in macro economic perspective

    The GNLU Centre for Food Security and Agro Economy of the Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) on the 06th April 2011 organized a seminar which was graced by the presence of Prof. Hiremath, professor at the Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Communication and Techonology and Mr. Ajay Saklani, the founder of Silent Journo Production House which screened their latest documentary production – ‘Upasmaar – The Taste of Hunger’.
    Prof. Hieremath who has immense experience in the field of food security spoke about the various aspects of food security and highlighted various aspects including the changing definitions of poverty and thus the very fact of change in statistics under various committee reports under the Government of India. He also shared with the students his experiences with the ground zero situation about Food Security and reasons for farmer suicides in various parts of the country and took a look at the Food Security Bill which is under consideration by the Government of India. He also impressed upon the students that there is a need to shift focus of food security from the national or international level to household and more individual level.
    What may be just food to most of us may be gold dust for the other! The truth of this statement was showcased by an eye opening documentary rightly titled – ‘Upaasmar – The taste of Hunger’ which is directed and produced by Mr. Ajay Saklani. The documentary gave an insight into the high rate of farmer suicides in the Melghat district of Maharashtra, the lack of medical amenities and the apathy of the Government towards the people of this district.
  • Discussion Forum on “Policy Perspectives for Food Security in India” organised by the GNLU Centre for Food Security and Agro Economy.

    On 30th October, 2011 the Gujarat National Law University Centre for Food Security and Agro Economy organised a Discussion Forum on the topic “Policy Perspectives for Food Security in India”. The invitees were distinguished economists Dr. Ajay Dandekar, Associate Professor of Economics, Central University, Gandhinagar and Dr. Rasanand Panda, Associate Professor of Economics, Mudra Institute of Communications Amhedabad (MICA).
    Speaking first, Dr. Rasanand Panda began by putting a question to the audience at large whether the government’s policy of distributing food to the people could be justified without looking at it purely from a socialistic viewpoint. He placed certain facts before the audience regarding India’s planned economy and arrived at the conclusion that the main factor leading to food insecurity was an inefficient distribution system. In the process improving the distribution system he advocated a policy which began first by identifying the beneficiaries or target customers of the distribution system. According to him further steps in providing food security in India involved moving towards a policy in conformity with the free market with measures such as contract farming, giving retail an impetus, and even facilitating agriculture produce by corporates. He even advocated removing subsidies and forming a regulatory body for contract farming.
    Dr. Ajay Dandekar, highlighted the issue of farmer suicide which he considered a closely associated phenomena with food Security. He brought to the notice of the audience that today the states which are relatively well off in India were the ones witnessing the highest number of farmer suicides. With this he emphasised farmers across the country are giving up farming as it is not a viable option for them anymore, which presents a grave challenge for food security.
    Dr. Dandekar also emphasised that Supreme Court has recognised the right to food under Article 21 of the Constitution of India and said that this right may only be realised when there exists a political will for the same as in the case of Tamil Nadu and Sikkim. He even envisaged a diminished role for the corporate sector in bringing about food security as its primary interest would remain profit.

(B) RESOURCE PERSONS

  • Ir. Nalla Renuka, Operational Manager – Europe, RVJ Eurasia Food and Agro Services B.V.
  • Professor SuryaNarayan, Professor of Economics, IGIDR, Mumbai.
  • Dr. Anil Gupta, IIM Ahmedabad.
  • Prof. Khakher, Former HOD, Saurashtra University.
  • Prof. Hemant Shah, H. K College, Ahmedabad.

(C) PAPER PUBLISHED AND PRESENTED

Centre for food security and Agro Economy, Gujarat National Law University, represented its activism on issues of food security in India by presenting a paper on, " Enforcing Right to Food in India: Loopholes in the Expectations and Possible solutions", in a UGC Sponsored National Seminar on Realization of Socio-Economic Rights at Fourth Estate Hall, Thiruvananthpuram,Department of Law, University of Kerala. The aforesaid article was contributed by Dr.Ranita Nagar, Mr.Vivek Dubey, Mr. Manan Dwivedi, and Amartya Saha

(D) BOOK PUBLICATION

  • "Food Security Law Interdisciplinary Perspectives", Center for Food Security and Agro Economy, GNLU, Gandhinagar, ISBN 93-5145-026-0 ,Eastern Book Company, 2014.
  • Towards a Food Secure India (1st, Ruby Press& Co., New Delhi 2015)

(E) AANGANWADI SURVEY

The GNLU Centre for Food Security & Agro Economy conducted a survey of Anganwadi Centres in and around Gandhinagar & Ahmedabad Districts. Around 60 Centres were covered during the one day survey. The Students in a group of 5, visited centres in 25 villages and also, slums in Gandhinagar and Ahmadabad covering approximately 20 centres each in the District headquarters.
One of the aanganwadi’s covered during the Visit. The care-taker along with the students aged around 6. The Survey aims to check the reality of the implementation of the government scheme. After proper statistical analysis, a report will be prepared and presented to the State Government.

Last Updated: 18-01-2016