UN GCNI and Bayer India present CEOs Session on 'Nutrition Imperatives in the time of Covid-19 and Beyond'

 Date: 19 MAY 2020 | 3:30 PM - 5 PM IST

About the Webinar

Today COVID-19 poses an additional threat to the existing issues of food security, poverty, and nutrition especially in developing countries like India.

This pandemic has disrupted a lot of agricultural activities and its supply chains. In India the Rabi crop was just harvested when the country went into a nationwide lockdown, our farmers struggled to bring the food grains and vegetables to ‘mandi’s’ and thereby to the people.

Malnutrition and Undernutrition among children, adolescents, pregnant women and lactating mothers has been a longtime problem in India. Poshan Abhiyan was launched by the Indian Government in 2018 with the very aim to address this issue. The UN Sustainable Development Goal No. 2: Zero Hunger also focuses to end malnutrition and provide access to Nutritious food for all by the year 2030.

At UN Global Compact Network India we believe that it is now more than ever that organisations should come together and fight the pandemic to protect the most vulnerable population and be true to the Agenda 2030 – Leave No One Behind.

Bayer India has been working on improving the access to Nutrition across the country by working closely with the rural communities and farmers.

Now with the new set of challenges brought by Covid-19, it is important that the effort towards providing Nutrition to the most vulnerable population not only continues but is also scaled up. To address this challenge Bayer India and UN GCNI are jointly organizing a virtual Session and Capacity Building Progr on the theme: ‘Nutrition Imperatives in the time of Covid-19 and Beyond’ to understand the solutions and strategies to address this challenge.

Objectives of the Webinar:

  • To understand the challenges on the ground to provide access to food and nutrition to the most vulnerable population and has Covid-19 amplified these challenges?
  • To analyse the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic on socially vulnerable populations specifically in terms of access to food and nutrition
  • To explore strategies and strategic interventions to improve or supplement access to food and nutrition for the most vulnerable population

Invited Speakers

  • Mr. Bishow Parajuli – WFP Representative and the Country Director in India
  • Mr. Simon Wiebusch – Chief Operating Officer, Crop Science Division of Bayer for India, Bangladesh & Sri Lanka
  • Dr. Ayyanadar Arunachalam – Assistant Director General (International Relations), Indian Council of Agricultural Research
  • Mr. Piyush Patnaik – Managing Director, Cargill India
  • Moderator – Ms. Geetanjali Master, Public Private Partnerships Specialist, UNICEF India