Endeavors range from setting up a $1M center at IIT Kharagpur to start-up funds for new ventures to funding scholarships to new chapters and many more
By 2030, the world will require 50% more water and food. Based on current water supplies, this may lead to a 40% shortfall in meeting the demands in 2030. While there is a global awareness for shortage of energy, people are less aware of issues with food and water. One reason is that food and water issues disproportionately affect the developing countries.
The World Health Organization (WHO) states that 1/3rd of deaths (~ 2.5 million) for children under the age of 5 are caused due to malnutrition. Also, nearly 3.4 million people die every year due to water, hygiene and sanitation related issues. In addition to the human toll, there is an enormous economic impact due to lack of clean water and adequate nutrition.
Ironically, according to Food and Agricultural Organization of UN (FAO) estimates, each year approximately one-third of all food produced for human consumption in the world is lost or wasted. This food wastage represents a missed opportunity to improve global food security, but also to mitigate environmental impacts and resources use from food chains
This session will bring together thought leaders from various areas to discuss how the public and private sectors can cooperate to help developing countries address some of the biggest challenges in food security, clean water and public health.