By Hakan Bahceci

As the UN has so aptly stated “The climate is changing, food and agriculture must too”. Today’s challenge is to secure a nutritious, efficient and a sustainable, food supply for the world. We are facing a “double burden of malnutrition” in developing countries. The poorest cannot afford enough food, while the new middle class acquires bad dietary habits.

Two sentences were extensively repeated by Sudhakar Tomar , Managing Director of Hakan Agro DMCC & Chairperson of Global Pulse Confederation for fundraising & communications, throughout his interview with us saying, “Be grateful to farmers” and “Don’t gamble with food.” These two sentences are not out of the blue, as the world grapples with multiple problems directly connected to the agriculture sector. It commences with rising population, stagnant food production, impending water and food wars, which are likely be more intense than the oil and gas wars, the climate change , the rise of the food prices, wasting of food, unfair exploitation of the crops to produce Biofuel, the problems of the supply chain, dysfunctional purchasing policies of the governmental , the low income of the farmers and vulnerable agricultural crops.

On August 16, 2015, while on a state visit to the United Arab Emirates, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with Sudhakar Tomar, the managing director of Dubai-based Hakan Agro DMCC, one of the largest agricultural and food commodities origination and supply chain companies in the Arabian Peninsula.

A two day seminar on “Pulses-2016: Innovative Approaches for Sustainability in Production and Promotion of Utilization” took place October 21st and 22nd in Koti, Hyberabad. This event was organized by Research & Innovative Programmes Cell, University College for Women, Koti, Hyderabad 500095. Read the event program here.