The Lecture, Question and Answer (LQA) session to mark World Food Day at the BCIS, focused on the dynamics of Food Security and preparations being made for the future.Laksiri Nanayakkara, Food Security Analyst at UN World Food Programme (UNWFP) and DilaniHirimuthugodage, Research Officer at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPA) were the panelists at the LQA.
Providing an overview of food security from a Sri Lankan perspective, Ms Hirimuthugodage raised concern over the provision of quality food amidst improving economic conditions. She noted that food insecurity was challenging and highly complex, with adequate measures required in fulfilling the growing demands.
Speaking on behalf of the UNWFP, Mr Nanayakkara discussed the consequences of climate change on food security in Sri Lanka. He articulated the need for change to be incorporated at every level from the farmers onwards in order to overcome the challenge posed by the climatic conditions. Drawing on historic examples of weather fluctuations in the country, Mr Nanayakkara opined that while drought-flooding patterns were becoming frequent, it was time to adapt rather than try to mitigate the impact.
The LQA brought together professionals and students from the field of international relations law, engineering as well as the media, experts from think tanks and scholars. During the discussion component of the LQA, the emphasis was focused heavily on the need to implement collaborative mechanisms, include change at every level and ensure the use of a comprehensive system of information dissemination. Members of the audience raised queries on whether adequate measures were being taken in the usage of land, the conditions of poverty being experienced by the initiators of the food chain, trends towards organic farming and self-sufficiency in the food production in an open economy.
The Lecture, Question and Answer (LQA) series of the BCIS while geared towards building awareness of issues in the field of International Relations creates a platform for dialogue in society for those interested in the sphere.
The LQA series continues on Tuesday, 25October 2016 with the emphasis on reconciliation as a path to peace in marking UN Day.