Foods | VOL. 15, ISSUE 94, January-February 2016

Food Resources and Smart Cities

One of the most significant lifestyle changes with severe environmental and health consequences being witnessed in developing Asia is in the form of changes in food consumption behaviour among people. India’s population is on the rise and more and more people are moving out of the poverty trap with significant improvements on the economic front. At the same time, India is rapidly urbanising with large number of people moving to urban areas every year. It has been projected that India will have 404 million urban dwellers by 2050 (United Nations, 2010). India will need significant improvements in food production without impacting the environment to meet the needs of its growing population. With these demographic changes, it has also been projected that India’s meat and livestock product consumption will nearly double by 2050 (Tim Searchinger, 2013). Meeting these multiple challenges in a sustainable way may seem impossible. However, solutions can be found if the principles of sustainable production and consumption can be brought into practice in the urban food consumption sphere. The Project Recognising the importance of arresting the negative trends early, a project entitled ‘Strengthening Food Resource and Information Channels for Sustainable Production and Consumption of Food’ has been designed to be implemented in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana with funding from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Government of Japan. The programme also...

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