Pak­istan, WFP dis­cuss pa­ram­e­ters of Zero Hunger Pro­gramme, SDGs

Pakistan Observer - - ECONOMY WATCH - STAFF RE­PORTER

Cur­rency Sell­ing Buy­ing ISLAMABAD—David Kat­trud, Re­gional Di­rec­tor, World Food Pro­gramme called on the Min­is­ter for Na­tional Food Se­cu­rity and Re­search, Sikan­dar Hayat Khan Bosan here on Mon­day and dis­cussed var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties of his or­ga­ni­za­tion in Pak­istan. He par­tic­u­larly enun­ci­ated the broader pa­ram­e­ters of Zero Hunger Pro­gramme, as well as Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals (SDGs) in Pak­istan. Kat­trud ap­pre­ci­ated the role of Pak­istan as it was the largest con­trib­u­tor among host govern­ments to World Food Pro­gramme (WFP) glob­ally.

The Min­is­ter ap­pre­ci­ated the role of World Food Pro­gramme in Pak­istan. He how­ever, pin­pointed the dis­con­nect be­tween var­i­ous donors with the re­sult that the ul­ti­mate goal of achiev­ing the tar­get of poverty re­duc­tion was elu­sive. In or­der to place all the ini­tia­tives on one page, it was de­cided that Min­is­ter would call a meet­ing of the Pro­vin­cial Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ters so that is­sues which en­com­passes the pri­or­ity laid down by SDGs are ad­e­quately ad­dressed. The Min­is­ter ex­tended his ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the as­sis­tance pro­vided by WFP in con­duct­ing Food Se­cu­rity Anal­y­sis of Pak­istan and for­mu­la­tion of Na­tional Food Strat­egy. Dur­ing the meet­ing there was a de­tailed dis­cus­sion on SDGs and Zero Hunger pro­gramme; it is told to the del­e­ga­tion that Pak­istan is not los­ing any time in get­ting to trans­late the global SDGs into Na­tional Ac­tion Plan.

The Min­is­ter un­der­lined the im­por­tance of agri­cul­ture and stressed that un­less ap­pro­pri­ate at­ten­tion was given to this sec­tor, other prob­lems such as cli­mate change health, educ­tion and poverty re­duc­tion would be dif­fi­cult to ad­dress. Ad­di­tional Sec­re­tary and Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Na­tional-An­i­mal-andPlan­tHealth-In­spec­tion-Ser­vice (NAPHIS) were also present in the meet­ing.

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