A seminar to raise awareness about climate change, food insecurity and importance of agriculture and rural development was held here at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University (PMAS-AAUR) Tuesday.
Addressing the seminar, the speakers called on policymakers to make investments to improve people’s resilience to climate change. The seminar was part of the activities to celebrate World Food Day.
The day’s activities, which were organized by PMAS-AAUR in collaboration with Indus Consortium and Oxfam, began with an awareness walk and tree plantation. PMAS-AAUR deans, directors, faculty members and students, carrying placards and banners joined the walk. The participants also planted trees at the university campus to raise awareness about the dangers of deforestation.
Following the walk and tree plantation, the participants attended the seminar which included a theatre performance and documentary screening.
Utilizing creative forces to raise awareness about increasing food insecurity, students presented a play. A short animation and a documentary produced by Oxfam was also screened to highlight the resilience of small-holder farmers in the face of insidious changes in temperature and patterns of rainfall as well as increased frequency of floods and droughts.
Chief guest Prof. Dr. Sarwat N. Mirza , Pro-Vice Chancellor of PMAS-AAUR, said Pakistan was an agriculture based economy. It was encouraging that jointly organized development initiatives of academia and private sector were moving towards the cumulative agenda of the development.—APP