Kochi to Host 3rd ANNAM National Food and Agro Biodiversity Fest

Nov 10, 2015
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Third Annam National Food and Agro-biodiversity Festival (ANNAM 2015) will be held at Rajendra Maidan, Kochi from 10 to 14 December 2015, showcasing the rich diversity of Indian food, agriculture and the native culinary ethos. Besides a mega exhibition of good and safe food, there will be a national seminar and workshops to be held at adjoining auditoriums. Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA) a leading NGO, organizes the event with due support from Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Food & Civil Supplies, Government of Kerala and various other government and non-government organizations. 

Third Annam National Food and Agro-biodiversity Festival (ANNAM 2015) will be held at Rajendra Maidan, Kochi from 10 to 14 December 2015, showcasing the rich diversity of Indian food, agriculture and the native culinary ethos. Besides a mega exhibition of good and safe food, there will be a national seminar and workshops to be held at adjoining auditoriums. Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA) a leading NGO, organizes the event with due support from Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Food & Civil Supplies, Government of Kerala and various other government and non-government organizations.

The fest will be an occasion to expose the hitherto not-much-known tastes of India and not-much-discussed nutritional significance of local food. There will be an array of food experts, nutritionists, scientists, policy makers, conservationists, agriculturists, environmentalists and farmers getting together to display and discuss on methods to regain the lost of glory of native traditions in food. Thus unraveled will be the food diversity, sharing of ideas and to help ANNAM movement in its stride towards food sovereignty and food security.

Adding flare and flavor for the event will be a mega exhibition with 250 stalls, curtain raiser events, cultural shows, variety of competitions,   workshops on organic farming and food processing; and ethnic food carnival. Annam Exhibition will showcase the rich diversity of indigenous food and agro-biodiversity and value added products from them. Photographers interested in food issues can take part in an all India photography competition.

The national seminar will focus on theme, ‘Food, Health and Youth’. Eminent scholars from around the country will be providing invited speeches on the multifarious implications of the incessantly spreading alien food stuffs, their health implications and the role that can be effectively played by youth organizations to stop the menace.

There will be a national seminar underpinning the idea of good nutrition for overall health, growth and development of children and youth, especially to achieve mental, physical and emotional health and well-being. Aim of such academic sessions is to change paradigms to reach holistic health through harmonious food habits that will go in tandem with the needs of human health and ecological wellbeing.  Other topics for presentations include methods of promotion and technologies for processing of locally produced food materials; indigenous foods and their health benefits; agro-biodiversity and nutritional security; food as medicine; traditional knowledge on food; among others. ANNAM 2015 is thus expected to amass necessary inputs to the food and health policies at national and regional levels. Amrita Institute for Medical Science and Research Centre, Kochi will be the Knowledge Partner of the event.

ANNAM 2015 also envisages a state-level campaign through districts of Kerala, supported by Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan and Kerala State Youth Welfare Board for highlighting the ill effects of junk food and the need to promote indigenous food and recipes. Major highlight will be formation of ‘Food Army’ represented by youth clubs and the NSS volunteers. There will be a road show as a precursor to the event.

ANNAM 2015 organizing committee includes Chairperson of ANNAM Movement, Dr. Vandana Shiva; Organizing Committee Chairman, T.K. Jose IAS; Working Chairmen, Dr. G. G. Gangadharan and L. Radhakrishnan IAS (Rtd.); Secretary General, Shri.  K.G. Venugopal and Chief Coordinator, Dr. C Suresh Kumar.

Pioneering organizations from various fields including World Wide Fund for Nature, Confederation of Indigenous Cattle Breeders Association, Dr. Salim Ali Foundation, Dept. of Science and Technology and Dept. of Biotechnology, Govt. of India; Commissionerate of Food Safety – Kerala, State Horticulture Mission – Kerala, National Rural Health Mission, Indian Veterinary Association – Kerala, Jackfruit Promotion Council,  Kerala Jaiva Karshaka Samithi, Santhigram, Magic Planet, Centre for Folklore Studies, The Green Army etc. are part-taking in the event.

ANNAM’-Good Food Movement’ is a people’s movement initiated by the Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA), Navdanya, The Slow Food International and many like-minded organisations, with an effort to popularize the concept of good food, to make the people aware of the linkage between good food and local agro-biodiversity, to work towards conservation of local agro-biodiversity, to enrich food diversity, and to fight for food security and food sovereignty in a globalised world.

Press conference was attended by Chairperson of ANNAM Movement, Dr. Vandana Shiva; Working Chairmen, L. Radhakrishnan IAS (Rtd.) and Dr. G. G. Gangadharan; Secretary General, Shri.  K.G. Venugopal and Chief Coordinator, Dr. C Suresh Kumar. 

For Info;

Centre for Innovation in Science & Social Action (CISSA),

Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India

  ph:0471- 2722151, www.cissa.co.in

 

 

 

 

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