Islamabad: The theme of this year’s World Food Day “Food prices – From Crisis to stability” is most relevant to countries with agro – based economies like Pakistan facing multiple challenges of stagnancy in agricultural productivity, high population growth, water shortage, land degradation, climate change and in our case the devastation of agriculture by recurring floods.
The government has accorded high priority to agriculture with an eye on ensuring food security. It took various steps including increase in wheat procurement price last year and new incentives to grow more food and create new job and income opportunities for rural population.
We need to adopt innovative approaches to achieve food security. The two consecutive floods have played havoc with our agriculture produce, cash crops and live stock. With the assistance of the international community, the government managed to provide critical support to the millions of flood affected people by providing needed rations to save them from imminent threat of hunger.
Much has been done for their rehabilitation, but still a lot more needs to be done in the fight against hunger to ensure food security for our people in Sindh.
Spiralling food prices worldwide is a serious challenge to food security. Prices of commodities affect all countries of the world and there is a need for the international community to devise ways for ensuring that food prices remain within the reach of the common people.
On the eve of the World Food Day – 2011, let us reiterate our commitment to ensure food prices stability and food security for our people and to initiate interventions to overcome the existing challenges in the way of achieving this goal.
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