Staff Reporter Islamabad
After holding Provincial Dialogues in Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan Provinces in collaboration with the respective provincial government/ academia and other stakeholders, Agriculture University Peshawar hosted dialogue for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in connection with the United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS-2021) which is going to be held in September 2021 as part of the “Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030”.
In opening remarks, Dr. Jahan Bakhat, Vice Chancellor, Agriculture University Peshawar welcomed the participants of event and expressed that the national and provincial dialogues will surely enable Pakistan to present its case and national vision for transforming its food system in the upcoming Global Food Systems Summit 2021.
For rapid growing population of the KP’s province, we need to double our productive resources by 2035 to meet the nutritional needs and ensure food security.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Muhammad Azeem Khan Chairman PARC said that guided by five action tracks which include; ensure access to safe and nutritious food, Shift to sustainable consumption patterns, boost nature positive production, advance equitable livestock and build resilience to vulnerabilities/shocks/stress;, this summit will bring together key players from the world of science, business, policy, healthcare and academia, as well as farmers, indigenous people, youth organizations, consumer groups, environmental activists, and other key stakeholders which will come together to bring about tangible, positive changes to world’s food systems.
Talking about focus on Food Systems the Chairman added that Global and local food system transformation is necessary in order to ensure the delivery of healthy, safe and nutritious foods in both sustainable and equitable ways.