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Modi urges G7 to build inclusive food systems, tackle climate change

PM Modi shared his vision for building inclusive food systems that protect the most vulnerable, especially marginal farmers, at an outreach session of the G7 Summit in Hiroshima on Saturday.

He also highlighted the need to tackle global challenges such as health security, development issues and gender equality.

India is among eight guest countries invited to join three outreach sessions of the summit hosted by Japan.

PM Modi said that the world should prioritize building inclusive food systems that focus on the most vulnerable people, especially marginal farmers.


He also stressed the need to strengthen global fertiliser supply chains and remove political obstacles and expansionist mentality that are hampering them.

He said that cooperation should aim at stopping such practices.

He suggested that the global community can create a new model of natural farming as an alternative to using fertilisers, and provide the benefits of digital technology to every farmer in the world.

He said that organic food should be linked with nutrition and health rather than fashion statement and commerce.


He also mentioned that the UN has declared 2023 as the International Year of Millets, which can address the challenges of nutrition, climate change, water conservation and food security simultaneously.

He said that preventing food wastage should be a collective responsibility as it is essential for sustainable global food security.

On health security, PM Modi noted that Covid-19 had challenged the notion of cooperation and help and said that vaccines and medicines were linked to politics rather than human welfare.

He said that introspection is necessary on what form of health security should take in the future. He suggested that establishing resilient healthcare systems should be a priority, and digital health and universal health coverage should be a common goal.


In another outreach session focused on clean energy and environmental conservation, PM Modi said that one of the barriers to addressing challenges such as climate change and environmental and energy security is that “we view climate change only from an energy perspective”.

He said that the scope of discussion should be increased and behavior should be changed accordingly to solve these challenges.

He said that India has created institutional solutions like Mission LiFE, International Solar Alliance, Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, Mission Hydrogen, Biofuel Alliance and Big Cat Alliance for the whole world.

He said that India is moving towards the goal of net zero by 2070 and its vast railway network will reach this goal by 2030.


He said that the installed capacity of renewable energy in India is about 175 GW and it will reach 500 GW by 2030.

He said that environmental commitments are not a hindrance but a catalyst in India’s development journey.

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