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National Food Security Ministry convenes a virtual event on “Transforming Pakistan Food Systems” at PARC HQs.

Event was represented by more than 100 diverse participants from Pakistan and abroad

To deal with all the challenges a transformation in the existing food systems is required: Syed Fakhar Imam, Federal Minister for National Food Security & Research
Islamabad: Government of Pakistan is demonstrating high level of political ownership for the upcoming “United Nations Food System Summit-2021 (UNFSS)”. The UNFSS, convened by the UN Secretary General will be held in September 2021 at the UN HQ in New York, at the next United Nations General Assembly.

Ministry of National Food Security & Research convened Pakistan’s 1st National State dialogue on "United Nations Food System Summit (UNFSS)”which was titled as “Aligning National Agricultural Food System Practices and Policies” and focused on transforming Pakistan Food Systems.

Event was inaugurated by Pakistan National UNFSS Convener Mr. Ghufran Memon (Federal Secretary, Ministry of National Food Security & Research) and was concluded by Honorable Federal Minister of Ministry of National Food Security & Research, Government of Pakistan Syed Fakhar Imam. Dr. Azeem Khan (UNFSS State Dialogues CURATOR) led the discussion and shared the progress made so for by government of Pakistan. This dialogue was facilitated by Faiz Rasool (Sr. Policy Advisor - GAIN Pakistan).

Addressing to the participants, Syed Fakhar Imam, Federal Minister for NFSR expressed that poor diets contribute to one in five deaths. Food also contributes to environmental issues including greenhouse gas emissions, unsustainable water use, soil degradation, biodiversity loss etc. “The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2020” report has revealed that the around three (3) billion people in the world cannot afford the cheapest healthy diet. To deal with all the challenges a transformation in the existing food systems is required.

Virtual Event was represented by more than 100 diverse participants from Pakistan and abroad. Global leadership team members from all the five actions tracks of UNFSS highlighted importance of all the action tracks and their role in transforming food systems.  Mr. Steve Godfrey Director Policy & External relations from GAIN Geneva highlighted the importance of “Access to Safe & Nutritious food for all”.

This virtual event was symbolized by large of representatives from WFP, FAO, GAIN, IFAD, National Agriculture Research Council (NARC), Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC), Federal & Provincial government representatives, Donors & Development Partners.

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