Are we ready for the change?

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“Food is simply sunlight in a cold storage,” said John Harvey Kellogg, the famous American physician and nutritionist, who founded the Kellogg’s brand so popular today worldwide.

He was right: food is as essential as sunlight. A healthy lifestyle demands a healthy diet. But for some, climate change is complicating this relationship.

On the occasion of World Food Day, I want to offer a few thoughts on this theme regarding the changing agricultural system, traditional crops and the food habits of the people residing in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region.

The HKH region is widely spread over four million square kilometres and provides shelter to more than 40 per cent of the world’s poor. This region alone embodies 18 per cent of the world’s mountains and includes all of Nepal, Bhutan, the mountainous parts of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, India, Myanmar, and Pakistan. Often referred to as the water tower of Asia, the HKH serves approximately 3 billion people who depend on the food and energy produced in its many river basins.

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Lipy Adhikari