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Provincial Policy Dialogues may help to build a better future for food systems. Chairman PARC

Agriculture University Peshawar hosted UN-Food Systems Summit Policy Dialogue

Islamabad(06th July 2021):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 Pakhtunkhwain 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. JahanBakhat, Vice Chancellor, Agriculture University Peshawar welcomed the participants of event and expressed thatthe 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 thatguided 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. This consultative session is highly valuable for devising game changing solutions proposition to be presented in upcoming UN Food Systems Summit 2021 from Pakistan side for its further assistance.

Secretary Agriculture Khyber PakhtunkhwaDr. Muhammad Israrremarked on the occasion that total cultivable area available in KP’s province is 1.87 million hectares. The province is net food deficient and depends upon the supplies from other provinces to meet its food requirements so there is dire need to improve and transform food systems to meet food deficiencies. In short five action tracks reflect the major goals of the UN Summit. The secretary agriculture applauded PARC and other partners for their leadership role and untiring efforts in organizing this critically important event in a province which is suffering from acute food shortage.

Mr. FaizRasool, Senior Policy Advisor (GAIN), also spoke on objectives and templates of the event and told that upcoming summit will awaken the world to the fact that we all must work together to pave the way the world produces, consumers and thinks about food.

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