Islamabad, (Parliament Times) : Sharing statement on Coalition of Action for Zero Hunger for UN Food System Summit in September 2021, the Federal Minister for National Food Security & Research said that Pakistan is a lower middle income country with the fifth largest population in the world. Our population is expected to increase to around 255 million by 2030. Unfortunately, Pakistan has one of the World’s highest rates of malnutrition among women and children. This is due to issues such as lack of dietary diversity and unaffordability of food.
As per National Food Security Policy 2018, Agriculture Transformation Plan 2021, Pakistan Multi-sectoral Nutrition Strategy and Action Plan 2018-2025, achieving nutritional food security for its population is a high priority for the Pakistan’s development agenda.
The Govt. of Pakistan is committed for the realization of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to achieve zero hunger through promoting sustainable agriculture as a top priority. The Ministry aims to start a National Zero Hunger Program with a focus to achieve goals like stabilization of food prices, promoting climate smart and precision agriculture and scaling up social protection. Govt. will be creating an enabling & peaceful environment to involve all stakeholders for the transformation of Pakistan Food Systems.
The Federal Minister also added that our Prime Minister and his team are committed towards achieving zero hunger for the Pakistan population and determined to join “The Coalition of Action for Achieving Zero Hunger’ under the UN Food System Summit initiative. The food security and nutrition status of our people is central to the Govt. of Pakistan to ensure a healthy and economically vibrant population. It will help to ensure economic growth and development. The Minister wished fruitful summit in September, 2021.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Muhammad Azeem Khan, Chairman PARC said that fighting hunger is a global mission and zero hunger is also one of the main Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Achieving this requires strong determination and commitment from individual nations. Formulating policies that support better agricultural investments, providing agriculture subsidies and incentives, promoting child and women health care, prioritizing nutrition programs, and boosting the production and consumption of climate resilient native nutritional crops are some of the elementary practices that will be crucial in defeating hunger and creating a zero hunger world by 2030. Under UN Food Systems Summit, this food coalition will lift food access, and sustainable agri. food system.