Zero Hunger Programme

  • Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh, Koraput in Odisha and Thane in Maharashtra initiated India’s ‘Zero Hunger’ programme in 2018.
    • It will be initiated by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in association with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation and the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC).
    • These three districts would act as a model of an integrated approach adopting suitable agricultural/horticultural practices.
    • The programme consists of organisations of farming system for nutrition, setting up genetic gardens and initiation of Zero Hunger‘training.
    • A genetic garden for biofortified plants/crops contains the germplasm of naturally biofortified crops or such crops through plant breeding.
    • It has plants and crops that help supplement micro- nutrient deficiencies, including iron, iodine, vitamin A and zinc among others.

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