National Seminar organized by PG Food Chemistry and Food Processing, Loyola College in collaboration with the Tamil Nadu Chapter of IDA

THE PG FOOD CHEMISTRY AND FOOD PROCESSING, Department of Chemistry organized a two day National seminar “Food Sure 2018 – One Future, Zero Hunger” in collaboration with the Indian Dairy Association, Tamil Nadu Chapter on September 27th and 28th, 2018. Around 174 participants included students and alumni members.

At the Inaugural ceremony held on 27th September morning, all the dignitaries’ emphasized on the need for a movement towards zero hunger initiative. Dr. Fatima Vasanth, Deputy Principal, Loyola College, Chennai, in her opening address mentioned about the social aspect of how to tackle hunger and how employment and technology can help curb hunger.

Dr. Naresh Kumar, Chairman, Indian Dairy Association, Tamil Nadu Chapter, said that there is a growing need of organized warehouses for storage facilities and use of technology in smart and innovative ways to lessen the spoilage and loss of food.

Dr. Satish Kulkarni, Former Head, National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI), Bangalore and Vice PresidentIDA, was the Chief Guest. He spoke about the five visions of zero hunger and how crucial each is. He also focused on the importance of dairying in India and how to make sufficient food efficient which will help tackle hunger. He also mentioned that “It is the team work that makes the dream work; it should be everybody’s mission to feel the new pressure of rising against hunger”.

Dr. Usha Antony, Professor, Department of Food Technology, Anna University, Chennai, highlighted on the three dimensions of food security – availability of food, accessibility of food and stability of food. The key goals of ending hunger were eliminating all forms of malnutrition, building sustainable food system, and academic learning of post-harvest technology.

Dr. Issa Fatima Jasmine, Founder Chairman, Aiyamittu Unn, Chennai spoke about how she was inspired to start her community fridge initiative wherein, fresh food along with clothes and basic necessities are stocked up in her community fridges from which the people in need can use these free of cost. The concept of “Individual Social Responsibility” (ISR) needed to be established.

Shri C. Amit Vaishnav, Managing Director, Mega Food Products Madras (P) Limited, conducted a student interaction session as he wanted the voice of the youth to be heard. Five student speakers representing four different colleges spoke on their view on how to tackle hunger.