ITANAGAR, May 07: All East Kameng Students Union (AEKSU) demanded the administration
to carry out eviction drive against illegal land encroachment in and around Govt
offices, hospital and school complex at Seppa immediately.
In a meeting held at Seppa on May 5, the Union also resolved to seek relevant documents
and sketch maps of government land within the office, hospital and school complex
which is believed to be occupied by public at Seppa. Deputy director of school education,
principal of government college Seppa and all the zonal students’ unions’ representatives
were present in the meeting, it said.
It also resolved to urge the public accountant committee (PAC) and special investigation
cell to prepare report on water treatment plant (WTP) at the earliest.
Council resents ‘erroneous book’
ITANAGAR, May 07: All Nyishi Youth Council (ANYC) today said that GGL group of publisher
has erroneously mentioned the word ‘Hills Miri’ in place of ‘Nyishi’ in its general
knowledge book titled Mastering Competitive Exam 2012. Claiming that the word Hills
Miri was omitted when the Dafla word was replaced by ‘Nyishi’ in the constitutional
amendment Act 2008, it urged the government to take stern action against the publisher.
It further demanded banning of the book and public apology from the publisher.
‘Miscreants damage govt vehicle in Assam’
YINGKIONG, May 7: A govt vehicle attached temporarily to Sports and Youth Affairs
Parliamentary Secretary Wangki Lowang was reportedly damaged and the driver and the
PSO were allegedly manhandled by some miscreants in Sibsagar, Assam.
The miscreants had even asked the PSO to bring the parliamentary Secretary to them,
the director of sports and youth affairs in a release said. However, the reason of
the whole episode is still not known, the release added.
Villagers rescue 2 leopard cat cubs
ITANAGAR, May 7: A group of villagers from Ledum village under East Siang rescued
two Leopard Cat cubs from jungle and handed it over to DFO Tashi Mize, the head of
D Ering Wildlife Sanctuary.
The 1-2 month-old Leopard cubs were found strayed in nearby jungle of Ledum village.
This Leopard Cat is one of the most adaptable wild cats, similar to its larger cousin,
the Common Leopard.
A team of Wildlife Trust of India from Seijosa Animal Rehabilitation Centre is arriving
here shortly to take it to Seijosa to rehabilitate to this centre, said Tashi Mize,
They live with ease in a variety of forests and even close to human habitation across
most of South and Southeast Asia and the Far East. It is locally called Cheeta Billi
in Hindi, Ban Biral in Bengali, Lota Mekuri Bagh in Assamese and Rikbi Nyoling in
Earlier, the villagers during Unying-Araan Festival rescued a struggling deer cub
and handed it over to wildlife department.
Efforts on to shift Pekimodi village
YINGKIONG, May 7: Upper Siang Deputy Commissioner Liyon Borang along with district
officials trekked to Pekimodi village under Mariyang sub-division recently to explore
possibility of shifting the village due to seismic threat.
As per study conducted by the Remote Sensing Application Centre, Itanagar, the village
is located at a dangerous site where major damage may occur during an earthquake.
Efforts are on to shift the village to a safer place since last several years. In
this connection, a meeting was held where the DC explained the seismic report and
possible threat. The people also corroborated the report by citing example of loss
already suffered in 1950 earthquake. They also apprised him about their hardship
and readily agreed to shift if they are properly rehabilitated. Earlier, in a meeting
held at Millang village the DC directed the village ‘kebang’ to spare suitable land
for rehabilitating Pekimodi village. He also announced constitution of rehabilitation
committee in this regard.
The DC also distributed impregnated mosquito nets to the villagers and advised them
to take up cardamom plantation and also briefed them on importance and benefits of
Among others, Dr. K. Dai DMO, Talem Paron DDSE, Taro Mize SDO, Talo Jerang EAC, Dr.
Ahik Miyu DTO, Dr. Otem Pertin MO, Dukkang Pertin ZPM and Ani Moyong, Anchal Chairperson
also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO
Federation appeals for fund
ITANAGAR, May 07: All East Kameng Public Motor Transport Federation today appealed
the concerned department and local MLA to sanction fund for construction of permanent
parking place at general ground, near ALC line, Seppa. Though the parking place
for commercial vehicle was shifted from main bazaar line to general ground near ALC
to avoid traffic jam, the vehicle owners/drivers are facing numerous problems
due to lack of maintenance of newly allotted parking place. During rainy season,
the vehicle users face the worst situation as the rain water inundated the parking
place. The Federation demanded renovation of the parking place at the earliest.
RKMH performs total uncemented hip replacement surgery
ITANAGAR, May 7: An un-cemented total hip replacement (arthroplasty) surgery on a
60-year-old patient was performed successfully at a nominal cost of Rs.1.2 lakh at
RK Mission Hospital on May 2.
Earlier, the patient from Lakhimpur underwent a hemi-replacement of his left leg
following a femoral neck fractures in Bihar. He had the implant removed after it
got infected. He was advised for a total hip replacement at an estimated cost of
Rs.2-3 lakh in Bihar. But he could not afford to undergo the operation. In the meantime,
his left leg became 2 inch shorter than the other. Moreover, he was unable to put
weight on his left lower limb. The patient’s most regret was he would not be able
to offer ‘Namaz’ in the traditional posture.
The patient is gradually improving since the third post operation day.
“Enabling him to go Mecca and offer Namaz there would be the greatest gift to him
from the RKM family”, a hospital release said.
GWS stages dharna, seeks Governor’s intervention for solution to Assam-Arunachal
ITANAGAR, May 7: Galo Welfare Society (GWS) today staged dharna outside Raj Bhawan
to draw the attention of Governor J J Singh towards decades long Assam-Arunachal
boundary problem. GWS President Jarjum Ete, NESO Secretary General Gumjum Haider,
Galo Students Union Secretary General Pakmik Taipodia, Adi Baane Kebang President
Kangir Jamoh along with ordinary citizens and representatives from various students
groups participated in the dharna.
Holding placards and banners, the participants expressed their anger over step-motherly
treatment meted out to people living along Assam-Arunachal boundary areas by both
Arunachal and central governments. “Being treated like Aliens in our own homeland
is not acceptable,” read of one the banners.
A memorandum was submitted by GWS to Governor which was received by his office member
in his absence. The memorandum highlighted the various atrocities committed against
Aru-nachalee citizens by Assam officials including the latest illegal eviction drive
carried out inside Arunachal territory at Likabali. GWS also said one man Bordoloi
Commission of 1951 was done at the time when tribal people of Arunachal had no idea
about politics of documents and lobbying. The commission unilaterally drew boundary
in favour of Assam and thereby depriving tribal people their land. Further GWS stated
that Assam has often violated the status quo of 1979 and also accused central government
of being biased against Arunachal.
GWS has appealed to the governor JJ Singh to advocate for poor people living along
boundary areas and take up the boundary issue with government of India and Supreme
Court, so that inter-state boundary problem is solved at the earliest.
Meanwhile, Galo Students Union Secretary General Pakmik Taipodia while talking to
this reporter expressed sadness over careless attitude of state government towards
needs of people living along boundary areas. “Be it Tirap, West Siang, Papum Pare,
East Siang or West Kameng, the people living in boundary areas are being tortured
by Assam authorities. Recently Assam authorities crossed all limits and carried out
eviction inside our land at Likabali. But our government’s response has been very
lukewarm,” said Pakmik.
In a separate memorandum addressed to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, Parliamentary Secretary
Home Gadam Ete and secretary to Governor, GWS raised the issue of people from Galo
community being unduly harassed in capital complex in the recent days. Citing example
of physical attacks on AAPSU GS Tujom Poyom, then CE hydropower,(C) Er Lipi Ete,
forceful encroachment of land belonging to EE, power (E) Er Kenli Ete and another
forceful encroachment of land of Taro Kena at his WRC field Itanagar, GWS said these
incidents have sent shivers among people of the community. The society sought intervention
of office of Governor so that culprits involved are punished, which will make people
feel confident about law and order in the capital.
Tuki urges PM to open border trade, road connectivity to Myanmar, Bhutan
NEW DELHI, May 7: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki called on Prime Minister Dr Manmohan
Singh at his Parliament office today and discussed various developmental and law
and order related issues of Arunachal Pradesh.
While taking up a strong case for development of border areas and improvement and
augmentation of hydro-power and transmission and distribution scenario in the state,
Tuki urged the Prime Minister to continue to pay special attention to Arunachal Pradesh
by helping the state with enhanced plan assistance.
While reminding the Prime Minister of the memorandum for four special projects submitted
by him in December 2011 after taking over the reins of the state, he also informed
him of the status of the various PM package projects and other reform measures being
implemented by the state Govt. He urged the Prime Minister to urgently consider opening
of border trade and connectivity routes to Myanmar and Bhutan through Pangsau Pass
and Tawang respectively. The Prime Minister, while appreciating the CM for his development
initiatives, assured to look into the genuine demands of the state positively. He
indicated that the projects for ‘Connectivity to 22 unconnected administrative Centres’
and ‘porter tracks and foot suspension bridges’ will be taken up under PMGSY and
BADP schemes respectively. Also, the State Govt’s request for providing drinking
water facilities in border blocks will be considered under NRDWP programme. The special
project for upgradation of transmission network and setting up of State Load Despatch
Center, at a total cost of almost Rs. 1,200 crores would be soon undertaken under
NLCPR-Central scheme of funding.
The recent series of incidents leading to tension along the Assam border and hardships
faced by Arunachalis due to unilateral action by the state of Assam was also apprised
to the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister by the Chief Minister.
SBF demands DC to cancel public hearing
ITANAGAR, May 7: Siang Bachao Federation (SBF), a conglomeration of eight organizations,
demanded the West Siang deputy commissioner to cancel the proposed public hearing
for prior environmental clearance of the Naying hydel project on May 11 at Yapik
on various grounds.
SBF, which has been opposing construction of any mega dam in Siang basin, in a memorandum
to the West Siang deputy commissioner said that the project has been signed by the
previous government without the knowledge and consent of the people living at downstream.
The authority has furnished neither the environment impact assessment (EIA) report
nor the details of the project to the people likely to be affected by the project.
Majority of them are ignorant about the actual position of the project as well as
its future environmental, social and geographical impact on local people, it said.
The Prior Inform Consent (PIC), which is mandatory, seems to have been overlooked
or might have been staged-managed, it claimed.
“Mere publications of reports in newspapers would not serve any purpose,” it said
and demanded the authority to make people well known about the project details by
distribution of literature written in local dialect.
Further, the Land Acquisition Act of 1894 has not been followed properly while acquiring
land for the project, it claimed adding that Tribal Forest Right Act for local populace
has been totally neglected.
While driving its point home, SBF said that the time fixed for the public hearing
was not suitable as end semester examination of Rajiv Gandhi University was going
on in full swing due to which the students, whose participation in the public hearing
is a must, would not be able to participate. Further, the villagers too would be
busy in their agricultural activities during this monsoon for which they would be
unable to turn up for the public hearing. A public hearing without the attendance
of majority of public/villagers would only deny justice, it said. The memorandum
further alleged that the public hearing has been proposed by the State Pollution
Control Board in contrary to what then Environment and Forest Minister Jairma Ramesh
had said in 2010.
“Very recently, State Chief Minister had assured the various forums for a consensus
discussion prior to conduct of any ‘forceful’ public hearing,” the memorandum reminded
the DC and demanded for immediate cancellation of the public hearing in the greater
interest of the people of Siang valley.
It cautioned that going ahead with the proposed public hearing might create law and
order problems as well as public uprising against mega dam in the district as majority
of local populace are opposing the proposed public hearing.
Follow the teachings of Buddha for world peace: T.G. Rinpoche
Buddha remembered in a big way
BOMDILA, May 7: Venerable T.G. Rinpoche called upon the people to follow the Buddhist
philosophy of love and compassion for the development of humanity. He reiterated
that highly effective weapon for ensuring world peace and order comes from the humanistic
aspect of Buddhism. He was speaking before a large gathering in the inaugural programme
of the Buddha Purnima celebrations commemorating the 2600 years of Buddha’s enlightenment
along with the year-long silver jubilee celebrations of the Buddhist Culture Preservation
Society, Bomdila at Sang-Ngag Dargeyling Monastery, Chillipam near Rupa.
Chairing the event, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee president and MP Mukut Mithi
explained the principle of peaceful co-existence and called upon all people to keep
Tourism Minister Pema Khandu emphasized the need of love and compassion towards the
downtrodden people and declared the formation of Dorjee Khandu Foundation for working
in that direction.
Outstanding achievers in different fields of the Mon region were also felicitated
on the occasion, among whom the most prominent were Late Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu,
noted Assamese writer Y D Thongchi and Everester Anshu Jamsenpa.
A host of dignitaries, including all the MLAs of West Kameng and Tawang, NEC member
PP Shrivastava, Joint Secretary, Union Ministry of Culture Arvindh Manjit Singh,
former chief minister PK Thungon, former minister Thupten Tempa and a host of luminaries
from different fields were present on the occasion. All the dignitaries underlined
the need for nurturing lives on the scientific-humanistic principles of Buddhism
in order to face the negativities of modern world. They appreciated the 25 years
of dedicated service rendered by the BCPS in the field of education and culture.
The formal ceremony was followed by glittering cultural show staged by the artistes
from Ladakh, Bhutan, Darjeeling and from the Monpa and Shertukpen community. The
centre of attraction was Prashant Tamang, former Indian idol and the Bhutanese idols
who enthralled the crowd.
The inaugural function of the year-long celebrations also includes a two-day national
seminar on the theme of “Basic humanistic and Spiritual Elements in Buddha’s Teachings”,
in which a host of erudite scholars from the country and abroad are participating.
Personality development prog at NERIST begins
ITANAGAR, May 7: The three-day long Faculty Development Programme on personality
development began at North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology today.
The programme is organized by Centre for Management Studies (CMS), NERIST under its
Technical Education Quality Improvement programme (TEQIP).
Addressing the inaugural session, NERIST director in-charge Prof R M Pant said good
personality is the need of the hour. He said, physical appearance only does not
represent the whole personality of a human being; inner quality, value and belief
system and behavior are some of the basic factors which determine overall personality
of a person.
Stressing the need of maintaining good personality in modern era, Prof Pant said
“as youth are our future who are going to bring change in the society and in the
nation, they must be put in to right direction. “First of all we need to conquer
ourselves and overcome weaknesses,” he said while explaining in details about the
importance of self-awareness, self-management and self-motivation.
In his address, Prof M Muralidhar, Dean (P &D) and Institute coordinator, TEQIP said
the Technical Education Quality Improvement programme was envisaged in 2003 to be
implemented in three phases for transformation of the technical education system
in India. Earlier, head of the CMS, Assist Prof S Choudhury said personality is
a display of inner and outer beauty of a person, which plays a vital role in the
journey of life. Choudhury hoped, the participants including faculty members and
students from various higher institutes of Capital region will reap maximum benefit
from the programme.
While highlighting the main objectives of the programme, CMS programme coordinator
Bijoylaxmi Sarmah said that the progamme aims at studying different aspects of personality
and suggesting necessary personality development intervention. She said, understanding
people is pre-requisite for maintaining good relationship in the organization, which
in turn paves the way for the achievement for the organizational objectives.
Programme Organizing committee member J Sorokhaibam also spoke on the occasion.
Besides NERIST faculty members of different departments including D Maji,large number
of students from NERIST and DNG College participated in the programme.
Youth urged to wake up, shoulder responsibility
ITANAGAR, May 7: One hundred fifty-two youths from eight North Eastern states today
listened to thought provoking motivational interactive talks by resource persons,
including National Youth Project founder director Dr Subba Rao, Arunachal Pradesh
KVIC CEO Sukumal Deb, senior journalist Pradeep Kumar and law deputy secretary Dani
The veteran Gadhian Dr Rao enthused the youth highlighting as to how Jawaharlal Nehru
influenced by five-year plan during his visit to Russia in 1951 had prepared the
FYP on return to India. He urged Vinoba Bhave to scrutinize it before its implementation.
However, Bhave refused and demanded guarantee of employment for every Indian.
The then Planning Commission had told Bhave that employment was not its priority
but to make India rich.
Though he did not specify, but Dr Rao left a big question mark that the FYP has miserably
failed in ensuring employment for its people.
Describing youth as the future of India, Deb highlighted the pivotal role of Khadi
Board and KVIC in creating employment. He quoted Gandhiji, who impressed by the
weaving of women during his visit to Assam villages had said: “Women of N-E are weaving
their dreams on their clothes”.
Pointing out that weaving found in every home of NE is a cottage industry which has
been contributing to rural economy, he said large industries cannot solve India’s
unemployment problem but small scale industries.
Responding to a volley of questions, he said that khadi sector could serve as a panacea
in solving the growing unemployment problem of the region, particularly Arunachal
Pradesh, provided the GoAP takes initiative to expand extension service and provide
consultancy service to the intending youths.
India could be India if only the youth realize and shoulder their responsibility
with the committed realization that they could make their own destiny with their
both hands, said journalist Kumar adding, their positive thinking would be supported
by positive forces to help achieve their goal.
He torn off an Indian map and gave it to a group of eight participants representing
eight NE states asking them to unite it, who got caught in “what to do thoughts”
with the participants watching with eerie silence. Tripura’s Bulti Das, Class XII
student of Maharani Tulsibati Girls Hr sec School, Agartala volunteered, asked all
to hold their hands and make an India map guided by Sikkim’s Poklok-Kamang Livelihood
School principal Aarati Adhikari, saying India does not live in a piece of paper
but in our hearts and no force can disintegrate us - we the Indians.
“Constitution of India guarantees equality, justice and freedom to each citizens
of India,” but for obvious reason the Constitution has not been translated into reality
on the ground, said Belo.
Expressing concern at the rising corruption and crime graph, particularly involvement
of the youth in destructive activities citing the examples of Arunachal Pradesh,
he said that laws should be respected to develop a disciplined nation for a better
He spoke at length on implications of laws, particularly for the juveniles, children,
girls being trafficked, victims of domestic violence, among others, and advised the
youth to learn the basics to become para legal volunteers to protect the rights of
the ignorant masses.
Bello exhorted the youth to realize their role for nation building and act in tune
with the fast changing time and situation.
“Wake up, young India, respect law, law would protect,” Bello added.
State BJP praises Jaitley as he speaks for NE in Parliament
ITANAGAR, May 7: Expressing concern over the repeated harassment to the students
of North East India in various parts of the country, particularly mysterious deaths
of Loitam Richard at Bangalore and Meghalaya's Dana Sangma in Gurgaon recently, BJP
MP and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley urged the Centre to ensure
safety and security of people from the North East.
During a calling attention motion in Rajya Sabha on Friday for a discussion on the
discrimination faced by the students of the Northeastern states in mainland India,
Arun Jaitley informed the House that the North East moved away almost a thousand
kilometres in terms of distance, consequently impacting developmental activities
in the North-East. Despite efforts of various Governments, North-East has not grown
in the same manner in which the rest of the country has.
“The people of North East have the rights to enjoy the fruits of development which
in several other parts of the country people have now begun to enjoy, though to a
limited extent. Under these circumstances, we need to assure all students and other
citizens who have come from the North-East either in search of education or in search
of jobs in this part of the country, that not only their safety and security is going
to be maintained, even there is a lot that we have to learn from them, Jaitely said.
Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party Arunachal Pradesh expressed gratitude to the central
BJP party leader Arun Jaitely for taking up the problems being faced by the North
East students in mainstream India and the underdevelopment of the region.
Launch Mission Malaria Control prog effectively: Gamlin
AALO, May 7: Transport and Cooperation Minister Jarkar Gamlin urged the medical department
to launch the Intensified Malaria Control Programme in a war footing to bring down
soaring malarial cases, sometimes in the form of epidemic in many parts of the West
Siang district and generate much needed health awareness among the rural masses.
Nothing can be more satisfying than to touch important issue like health which is
wealthier than wealth, he said today while distributing medicated mosquito nets to
more than hundred households at Tadin village today.
He also assured to take up the road works from main road to the village community
hall as black topped roads connectivity to all community halls in every village has
been taken up on priority and started soon.
Speaking on the occasion, the West Siang DMO Dr. Bomjum Kamki said that the diseases
like tuberculosis, goiter and leprosy that engulfed the tribal society in the past
have been eradicated but malarial graph has rose to an alarming extent and main thrust
is being given to this aspect.
District Malaria Officer, Dr. Gekey Ete disclosed that mosquito nets will be distributed
in a ratio depending on the strength of family members as per the laid down guidelines
of the central Govt.
The Aalo Lower ZPM Jomkir Naso appealed the department to provide such mosquito nets
to all the members of each household to avoid infections from the disease. The HGB,
GBs of the village also urged the department to start the programme first from Tadin
It is to highlight about the fatal point in between Naharlagun and Itanagar wherein
many accidents have occurred and many people lost their lives. The fatal point I
am talking about is regarding the deep gorge lying near the Shiv Mandir.
If we recall, it is the same place, where one of the most dreadful and tragic accident
occurred wherein more than 40 passengers lost their lives when a passenger bus fell
into it gorge couple of years back. Again from time to time, on and off many accident
happened in the same place increasing the death toll. If we study the location from
general perspective it is found that the gorge lies directly below the steep road
on top of it. The road takes a sudden U turn coming down heavily from up. Due to
this sudden U turn most of the accidents occurred as the vehicles coming from upper
side fail to negotiate the sudden U turn and directly nose dives into the valley
Recently, I found people flocking in the area due to the fact that another vehicle
had fallen into it.
Therefore, in view of the seriousness of the case and to contain the future such
accident, I appeal to the concern working department to realign the U turn immediately.
The U turn may be avoided by constructing a beam bridge or concrete bridge over the
small gorge which has become a fatal place for many. Moreover, the bridge will not
only be convenient mode of transportation for the commuters travelling between the
twin cities, but it will also save many lives which may face fatal road accident.
It is my appeal to MLA Techi Kaso to kindly look into the matter for the safety and
security of the people living in the twin capital city. Hope that necessary step
shall be initiated for addressing the issue.
Center for Research, Education and Development of Ethnic Culture (CREDEC)
Tagore’s life itself is a message
Rabindranath Tagore was indeed not only a poet par excellence; but novelist, dramatist,
painter, educationist, social reformer, philosopher and humanist as well. Also Tagore
remains a living example of a true human being who was not only firmly attached to
his roots, but equally of national and international mindset as well. Thus on the
one hand he sang paeans of Bengal and on the other his heart cried for Punjab and
sacrificed his Knighthood to protest against the Jalianwala Bagh massacre. And his
poem 'Africa' reflects his pain seeing the exploitation and torture meted to the
Blacks by the European imperialists. Though he used to hail the good of the British
society, but that did not deter him from religiously protesting against the atrocities
committed by the imperialists. During his visit to Japan, Tagore felt no hesitation
in condemning the Japanese invasion of China.
Throughout his life Tagore wrote and worked for nationalism, universal brotherhood,
global peace and upliftment of human values. He religiously fought against casteism,
exploitation of any community, women folk and children. His thoughts on emancipation
of women, children and international relation are extremely relevant even today.
Tagore always accorded higher priority to humanity over "nationalism". Had the Indians
followed his path, then they would have cried for the plight of our innumerable brothers
and sisters who are bereft of food, attire, shelter and medicine instead of zealously
protesting against some individuals who hoist the national flag or sing the national
anthem in the "wrong" way. The symbols of the nation are more important to us than
the nation itself i.e. the common people or Gods in the vocabulary of Swami Vivekanada!
We despatch satellites to discover water in the moon, never mind if millions of Indians
are deprived of adequate potable water in their households! North-East is definitely
an "integral part of India", but students hailing from those parts should necessarily
be made subjects of racial taunts and abuses in the "mainland"!
Tagore's life itself is a message regarding how to lead it. Right from his childhood
to the last days, neither destiny nor society offered him a little respite. He lost
his mother at childhood, his wife died young, he lost his daughters and a son also.
But he continued with his works despite series of personal suffurings. And the society
hardly lost any opportunity to malign or character-assassinate him. But he did not
lose his firm belief on humanity and led the path of life philosophically. If we
try to imbibe his principles of life, the society will certainly become an ideal
Kajal Chatterjee, Kolkata
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Global concern over health & nutrition
One-third of the world's population suffers from hunger and micronutrient malnutrition,
while obesity and diet-related chronic illness have reached critical levels because
many varieties of food have simply disappeared, said a project report. The diversity
of crops and their wild relatives, trees, animals, microbes and other species contributing
to food production, known as agricultural biodiversity, can counter these trends,
according to Bioversity International, an organization that promotes research into
the links between biodiversity and good nutrition.
However, in order to ensure food security and mitigate growing global concerns over
poor nutrition and its negative health effects the Global Environment Facility (GEF),
the world’s largest public funder of international environmental projects, coordinated
by Bioversity International and supported on the implementation front by the United
Nations Environment Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organization is making
efforts to expand its engagement in the conservation and management of agricultural
biodiversity, which provides the mainstay for millions of people worldwide and food
security to the world's most vulnerable populations.
Besides researching biodiversity’s role in nutrition, the US $35-million project
will provide information on the nutritional and health benefits of traditional food
sources to the partner countries.