Role of Sea Water in food and livelihood: Prof M S Swaminathan
June 13, 2016: The World Ocean Day was recently celebrated. 97% of the world’s water comes from oceans and in view of the growing inland water scarcity, sea water will play a major role in food and livelihood security. there is also the danger of sea level rise from climate change. Therefore, the different programmes which MSSRF have been promoting during the last 25 years need to be strengthened. First, biosaline agriculture, involving sea water farming should be more widely adopted. Second, the below sea level farming centre in Kerala should be strengthened. Third, an integrated ocean management strategy prevent pollution and to promote a effective use of sea water should be developed. Finally, as Mahatma Gandhi pointed out in relation to Salt Satyagraha, oceans constitute an important social resource. therefore, there must be equity in sharing the benefits of the use of ocean water. it is important that anticipatory action is taken to provide for alternative sources of living in the case of those who are likely to become climate refugees as a result of sea level rise.
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.