ISLAMABAD: Zero hunger, climate-smart resilient agriculture, sustainable ecosystems, and inclusive and efficient food systems are the priority areas that will be focused by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) under the new Country Programming Framework (CPF) 2018-21, currently being finalised, it was learnt on Saturday.

The five-year CPF is being jointly developed with the government and other partners, and reflects relevant priorities in key national development policies.

The zero hunger programme will cover healthy, safe and nutritious food for all while the climate-smart resilient agriculture and sustainable ecosystems will include forests, fisheries, livestock and water management.

These areas are also the key pillars of the National Food Security Policy which has recently been approved by the government. The Ministry of National Food Security and Research (MNFSR) is currently evolving a strategy and plan of action to implement the policy in collaboration with provinces.

An evaluation of the just-ended country programme has recommended that FAO together with MNFSR should include in the next CPF, a programmatic response to the key structural changes in the agriculture sector, such as agriculture subsidies, trade, industries, rural transformation, land tenure and market development and the more persistent issue of the Fata reforms.

Published in Dawn, April 15th, 2018

Opinion

Activism in verse
07 May 2021

Activism in verse

Poetry speaks louder than prose when it comes to making an impact.
Missing women
07 May 2021

Missing women

In terms of gender parity, we are among the worst.
Mixed signals on rights
Updated 06 May 2021

Mixed signals on rights

Government officials continue to call human rights standards alien to Pakistan’s ground realities.

Editorial

Reprimanding envoys
Updated 07 May 2021

Reprimanding envoys

The prime minister should have engaged with honest and respectable officers to identify how solutions can be found.
07 May 2021

Foreign funding case

THE foreign funding case against the PTI has become a never-ending tale. It has been dragging on for years and after...
07 May 2021

Water woes

IRRIGATION experts have voiced concern over the decline of freshwater flow through Kotri barrage, which has led to...
Proceed with caution
Updated 06 May 2021

Proceed with caution

The slightest loosening of SOP protocols could send us hurling in the direction where India finds itself today.
06 May 2021

IPP dues

THE ECC decision to pay the first tranche of outstanding dues of one set of IPPs, and further delay the payments of...
06 May 2021

Violence against doctors

HEALTHCARE workers and doctors’ associations in two major hospitals of KP are adamant that the KP Healthcare...