42nd Session of FAO Conference


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42nd Session of FAO Conference

Part of: GS Prelims and  GS -II – International Relations  

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  • Recently, the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare addressed the 42nd session of Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Conference.
    • The Conference takes place every two years. 
    • India is a founder member of the FAO 

Key notes from the address

  • The Country Program Framework prepared by FAO India in collaboration with Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India has multi sectoral approach.
  • India has been extending technical expertise and assistance in incidences of trans-boundary pests mainly Fall Army Worm and Desert Locust. 
  • FAO also endorsed the Indian proposal for an International Year of Pulses (2016) and International Year of Millets (2023) .
  • India has launched various projects under the National Mission on Sustainable Agriculture to make agriculture resilient to adverse impacts of climate change. 
  • India is promoting Organic farming at a large scale.

Initiatives during COVID-19 by India 

  • Indian Agriculture sector registered an all time high production of 305 million tons of food grains during COVID-19. 
  • KISAN RAIL: Special parcel trains with refrigeration facilities were introduced to transport the essential commodities
  • Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package was launched under which free food grains were provided to 810 million beneficiaries and the scheme has been further extended till November.
  • PM Kisan Scheme: More than Rupees 1,37,000 Crore have been sent to the bank accounts of over 100 million farmers.


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