World Food Day 2018 Observed at PMAS-AAUR

World Food Day observed under the theme "Our Actions are Our Future: Zero Hunger World is Possible by 2030" at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR), here on Tuesday.

 

Several events such as Poster Competition, Essay Writing, Awareness Walk, Food Product Development Competition were also organized at the campus and a seminar was organized by Institute of Food & Nutritional Sciences with an aim to suggest the actionable plans for the achievement of Zero Hunger by 2030 under Sustainable Development Goals and to highlight the importance of food .

 

Prof Dr. Sarwat N Mirza, VC PMAS-AAUR was the chief of guest while the seminar was also attended by Prof Dr. Javad Aziz Awan, Country Director IFANCA, Dr. Sakhawat Ali, Ex Member PCSIR, Prof Dr. Tahir Zahoor Director General NIFSAT, Faisalabad, Mr. Ejaz Sial District Food Controller, Miss Saima Younas, Additional Deputy Commissioner Rawalpindi, Deans, Directors and a large number of students.

 

Speakers emphasized on the production, equal distribution and management of food by curtailing food wastes and said, everyone must have equal rights and access to food. They were in view that, Pakistan is self-sufficient in food production but efforts are needed for the equal distribution and fair management of food.

 

They said that per capita availability of water is very much declined since 1951 and if sound actions are not taken our per capita availability of water would reach about 860 cubic meters by 2025 thereby shifting us from a water stressed country toward water scarce one.

 

They also emphasized on various interventions regarding the theme "Zero Hunger is possible by 2030" that would help in saving lives of 3.1 million children annually, increasing GDP of developing countries by 16.4% and in building a safe and more prosperous world for all.

 

Prof Dr. Sarwat N Mirza Vice-Chanceller PMAS AAUR said that Pakistan is an agriculture country producing enough food for the nation but is facing situations like hunger, water shortage and malnutrition. He said that globally 815 millions people particularly women and children are chronically suffering from hunger.

 

He also highlighted researches conducted in the food sector for reducing hunger, malnutrition and water shortage and provided details regarding various interventions and activities carried by Government of Pakistan at national and provincial level.

 

Formerly, Prof Dr. Asif Ahmed, Director IFNS briefed about the theme of World Food Day. Speakers in seminar, Prof Dr. Javad Aziz Awan Country Director IFANCA sermonized about water situation in Pakistan Dr. Sakhawat Ali, Ex Member PCSIR correlated Hunger with Islam and elaborated strategies for fighting against hunger in the light of Quran and Hadees while Prof Dr. Tahir Zahoor Director General NIFSAT, Faisalabad guided on malnutrition in Pakistan.