UN agencies assure support in implementing Pakistan’s Zero Hunger Programme

AAJ, ISLAMABAD | 24 February 2015 – The heads of three Rome based United Nations Agencies, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) and World Food Programme (WFP) assured their full cooperation towards Pakistan’s Zero Hunger Programme as well as exploring new areas of cooperation.

Federal Minister Food Security and Research, Sikander Hayat Khan Bosan held meetings with the three agencies, in Rome the other day and told them that the government was taking steps to promote and enhance agriculture sector and to ensure food security in Pakistan,

Bosan made a particular mention of the government’s efforts at crystalizing the Zero Hunger Programme.

He sought the assistance of the three Rome-based UN specialised agencies in implementing the Zero Hunger Programme in Pakistan.

The Minister thanked the three agencies for their contributions towards agricultural and rural development and poverty alleviation in the country.

He urged them to further enhance their activities in Pakistan.

He suggested cooperation and support to Pakistani agricultural research institutions including University of Agriculture Faisalabad and the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council.

Thanking the government’s support and assistance extended to them, the three Heads assured the Minister of their continued efforts to enhance their programmes in Pakistan.

Later in the day, the Minister addressed IFAD’s Launching Ceremony of the International Day of Family Remittances.

Tracing the history of human movement to new places in search of economic prospects, he highlighted the benefits immigrant brought to their host countries as well as the countries of origin.

Comparing the figures of workers remittances with the ODA flows, he brought out the significance, scope and development potential of remittances.

He stressed that a robust strategy on remittances requires addressing challenges int he host countries to enhancing worker’s remittances as well as better-channelizing these flows in recipient countries to increase their development impact.