Rural development gets emphasis on World Food Day

Dhaka,  Sat,  03 December 2016
Published : 16 Oct 2016, 17:09:52

Rural development gets emphasis on World Food Day

Rural development gets emphasis on World Food Day
The World Food Day is being observed on Sunday in the country as elsewhere in the world putting emphasis on more investment in rural development.

The theme of World Food Day is “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.”

Different government and non-government organisations have chalked out various programmes, including seminar and colorful rallies to observe the day, reports UNB.

Marking the day, Ministry of Agriculture brought out a colourful rally from city’s Khamarbari BRC premises this morning and also kicked off a three-day food festival at the BRC premises.

Additionally, a seminar was scheduled to be held at BRC auditorium around 10:00am.

On the eve of the day, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in separate messages wished success for the Day and its programs.

In his message, the President said it is essential to ensure sustainable environment to attain food security for increasing populations from limited lands. “The coordination of sustainable technology is essential in agriculture for building a safe food security for all under changing climate atmosphere.”

The premier, in her messages, has said climate change and excessive production of food can have variety negative impacts on farm lands.  So Bangladesh has to produce more crops through ensuring sustainable agricultural environment.

According to Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN, the global population is growing steadily and is expected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050.

To meet such a heavy demand, agriculture and food systems will need to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change and become more resilient, productive and sustainable.

This is the only way that we can ensure the wellbeing of ecosystems and rural populations and reduce emissions.

It resonates with the crucial time in which the day is being observed, just before the next UN Climate Change Conference, COP 22, from 7-18 November 2016 in Marrakech, Morocco.

FAO asked countries to address food and agriculture in their climate action plans and invest more in rural development. –RH
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