Elmau (Germany): Stressing that the rise in energy and food grain prices affects all countries in a context of global tension, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggested on Monday that to ensure food security, the focus should be on the availability of fertilizers, a structured system for the use of Indian agricultural talents, nutritious alternatives like millet and natural farming.
In an apparent reference to the Ukraine crisis, Modi noted that the G7 and those invited to its summit were meeting in an atmosphere of global tension and said India had always been in favor of peace.
“Even in the current situation, we have constantly called for the path of dialogue and diplomacy. The impact of this geopolitical tension is not limited to Europe. Rising energy and food grain prices affect all countries,” he said in his remarks during the session on ‘Stronger Together: Addressing Food Security and Advancing Gender Equality’ at the G7 summit here.
The energy and security of developing countries are particularly at risk, he said.
In this difficult time, India has provided food grains to many needy countries, Modi said.
“We have sent about 35,000 tonnes of wheat as humanitarian aid to Afghanistan over the past few months. And even after the massive earthquake, India was the first country to deliver relief materials. We are also helping our neighbour, Sri Lanka, to ensure food security,” the Prime Minister stressed.
Presenting his suggestions on the topic of global food security, Modi said the focus should be on the availability of fertilizers and keeping global fertilizer value chains fluid.
“We are trying to increase the production of fertilizers in India and seek cooperation from G7 countries in this regard,” he said.
Noting that India has a huge agricultural labor force compared to G7 countries, he said Indian agricultural skills have helped breathe new life into traditional agricultural products like cheese and olive in some G7 countries.
“Can the G7 create a structured system for the widespread use of Indian agricultural talent in its member countries? With the help of the traditional talent of Indian farmers, food security will be ensured for the G7 countries,” Modi said.
Pointing out that next year the world is celebrating the International Year of Millet, the Prime Minister said that on this occasion, we should campaign to promote a nutritious alternative like millet.
Millet can make a valuable contribution to global food security, he said.
“Finally, I would like to draw your attention to the ‘natural farming’ revolution that is taking place in India. Your experts can study this experience. We have shared a non-paper on this topic with all of you,” he said.
Speaking on gender equality, Modi said India’s approach is shifting from “women’s development” to “women-led development”.
Over 6 million Indian frontline workers have kept our citizens safe during the Covid pandemic, he said.
“Our female scientists have made a great contribution to the development of vaccines and test kits in India,” Modi said.
More than one million female volunteers in India are active in the provision of rural health care, whom we call “ASHA workers”, he said, noting that last month the World Health Organization honored these Indian ASHA workers with its “2022 Global Leaders Award”.
“If all elected leaders in India, from local government to national government, are counted, more than half of them are women, and the total number will be in the millions. It shows that Indian women are fully involved in real decision making today,” he said.
“Next year, India will chair the G20. We will maintain close dialogue with G7 countries on other issues, including post-COVID recovery, as part of the G20 platform,” Modi said. .
Earlier, in his remarks during the session on “Investing in a Better Future: Climate, Energy, Health” at the G7 Summit here, Modi asserted that India’s dedication to climate commitments is evident from its performance.
He also expressed hope that wealthy G-7 countries will support India’s efforts in combating climate change and urged them to tap into the huge clean energy technology market emerging in the country.
Before the start of the summit, Prime Minister Modi shook hands with US President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as the leaders gathered for a group photo.
The Group of Seven (G7) is an intergovernmental political grouping made up of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. The European Union is an “unlisted member”.
The German presidency has invited Argentina, India, Indonesia, Senegal and South Africa to the G7 summit in Elmau, Bavaria.
Modi is attending the G7 summit at the invitation of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
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