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Sargodha: October 11, 2018 - Faculty members, guests and students taking part in an awareness walk held by the Institute of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Sargodha, in connection with The World Food Day.

UoS organises seminar & awareness walk on World Food Day

Sargodha: The Institute of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Sargodha, on Tuesday organized a seminar and an awareness walk under the theme ‘Optimal Nutrition: An Adjuvant Approach to Achieve Zero Hunger’ to commemorate World Food Day.
The seminar and walk held to raise awareness and to gather greater support and understanding to the approaches that can help to make sure the possibility of ‘Zero Hunger World by 2030’.
Amid several hunger emergencies – both natural and manmade – the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is marking the World Food Day, October 16, by highlighting both challenges around the world and the real progress being made towards ‘zero hunger’.
Addressing the seminar, Dr Ishtiaq Ahmad, the Vice Chancellor Sargodha University, stressed the role of young faculty, research scholars and students to play their due part in raising awareness, producing and publishing quality research aimed at achieving maximum sustainable output from local food products so that coming generations would not face food shortage.
He called for widespread land and agriculture sector reforms that will empower small farmers who will in return ensure food security in the country.
“The time is right to adopt modern techniques in food cultivation and utilizing scientific measures to produce healthy crops to meet the food requirements of the growing population”, he maintained.
Tariq Sarwar Awan, eminent Food Technologist informed the seminar that around 3.1 million children die every year from purely malnutrition, vitamin-A deficiency affects 140 million children while 20 million children are born mentally impaired because their mothers had an iodine deficiency during pregnancy.
“50% of the hungry people globally are from farming families, 2.4 billion people don’t have adequate sanitation and 663 million people lack access to clean water while the world has only 3% drinking water”, he added.
Awan divulged that some 1.3 billion tons of food amounting to 1trillion US$ are wasted or lost every year, one quarter of which could feed 795 million undernourished and starved people around the world.
Iftikhar Ahmed Sindhu, Former Director Pakistan Industrial Development Corporation, said: “Every year, we witness hunger’s devastating effect on families, communities and whole economies. We should have to ensure that people have access to enough high-quality food to lead active and healthy lives.”
Dr Anjum Murtaza, Chairperson Institute of Food Sciences and Nutrition, Sargodha University, enlightened the participants about impacts of shortage of food on human life. He said society could be saved from mental and physical disabilities by using food ingredients having vitamin D, calcium and others.
The World Food Day Program of activities featured, skits under various themes, cultural presentations, commercial and agricultural displays and other activities promoting food and nutrition security, so as to help spread awareness and appreciation for the various contributions of agriculture.
It is pertinent to mention here that World Food Day is celebrated every year around the world on 16 October in honor of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945.

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