‘The climate is changing; food and agriculture must too’
Islamabad—World Food Day observed on Sunday with theme ‘The climate is changing. Food and Agriculture must too’. United Nations General Secretary through his message said as the global population expands, we will need to satisfy an increasing demand for food.
Yet, around the world, record-breaking temperatures, rising sea levels and more frequent and severe droughts and floods caused by climate change are already affecting ecosystems, agriculture and society’s ability to produce the food we need. The most vulnerable people are world’s poorest, 70 per cent of whom depend on subsistence farming, fishing or pastoralism for income and food.
On this World Food Day, UN highlight the close link between climate change, sustainable agriculture and food and nutrition security with the message that ‘The climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.’ Without concerted action, millions more people could fall into poverty and hunger, threatening to reverse hard-won gains and placing in jeopardy our ability to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Agriculture and food systems must become more resilient, productive, inclusive and sustainable. To bolster food security in a changing climate, countries must address food and agriculture in their climate action plans and invest more in rural development.
Targeted investments in these sectors will build resilience and increase the incomes and productivity of small farmers, lifting millions from poverty. They will help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and safeguard the health and well-being of ecosystems and all people who depend on them.
On this World Food Day, UNSG urged all Governments and their partners to take a holistic, collaborative and integrated approach to climate change, food security and equitable social and economic development.
The well-being of this generation and those to come depends on the actions we take now. Only by working in partnership will we achieve a world of zero hunger and free from poverty, where all people can live in peace, prosperity and dignity.
Meanwhile, it is reported that walks and seminars were held in different parts of country here Sunday on the World Food Day. A walk was led by Assistant Commissioner Jhang Shahid Abbas Joia started from Jinnah Hall and concluded at Katchehry Chowk. District Food Controller Amanullah Somro, EDO Agriculture Dr Ghulam Abbas, DO Agri Yousaf Hassan Tatla, DO Social Welfare Azhr Abbas Adil and people from all walks of life participated in it. The participants were carrying banners and placards to highlight the importance of food.
Meanwhile, an awareness-raising seminar was held under the auspices of the Sialkot district administration on the World Food Day here on Sunday. Addressing the participants, Additional District Collector General (ADCG) Dr Umer Sher Chatta said the government was making all-out sincere efforts to ensure pure foods to people.
He said the government had already established the district food authorities to check daily use commodities which were ensuring the provision of pure food items to the masses. He said the government had also provided special testing kits to food inspectors to check quality of milk. District Food Controller Muhammad Rohail Butt, EDO Agriculture Javaid Ahmed Khan, Director District Health Development Committee Dr Abjad Ali Toor, nutrition export Dr Khadija Awan, Dr Khalil Ahmed and others attended the seminar.—APP