Managing price volatility in urban food security: Prof M S Swaminathan
July 28, 2017: Currently, the price of tomato, onion and other commodities used extensively in urban areas is going up. Such price volatility is a perennial problem. We should find a permanent solution than merely take ad hoc steps to pacify the consumer. A feasible method is the promotion of peri-urban horticulture. Considerable areas of land are available both within cities and nearby areas and they can be used to promote a peri-urban horticulture movement involving the cultivation on rooftops and vacant land with crops like tomato, onion, chilli and other essential food plants. This will confer a double advantage – price stability on the one hand and sustainable nutrition security on the other.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.