of the Talk on "Alleviation
of rural child malnutrition in South India"
talk will discuss the speaker’s activities in agriculture,
food production, preservation, processing and utilisation
among Indian rural communities.
activities in India began during the early 1960s when the
Canadian Freedom From Hunger Programme, of which the speaker
was chairman, raised $350,000 to establish an International
Food Technology Training Centre [IFTTC] in a palace provided
by the Maharaja of Mysore. The training centre served all
Asian nations and was intended to reduce immense loss of perishable
foods evident throughout Asia. Asian men and women were trained
in effective, economic methods of food preservation. The first
course started in 1964. The first trainees who completed a
2-year course graduated in 1967. Subsequently the IFTTC became
a campus of the United Nation’s University and has trained
over 8000 men and women from close to 50 Asian, African and
Middle Eastern nations. During the past 15 years the speaker
has been Visiting Professor to IFTTC .
Later activities included cooperation with the Indian Council
of Agricultural Research [ICAR] in improving production of
oilseeds, root crops, minor millets and rural aquaculture
in village ponds. The speaker worked with and provided financial
support for the alleviation of malnutrition among rural women
and children in Andhra Pradesh. For several years he was scientific
adviser to Dr Atma Ram, D-G of the Indian CSIR.
During the past 15 years the speaker has worked with several
Indian NGOs, government agencies, food and agricultural industries
in a cooperative programme to alleviate infant malnutrition,
to increase food production and employment among rural communities
in Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry.
The speaker has learned abundantly from many close friendships
with Indian scientists and rural people.