By Sajjad Hussain
Islamabad, February 17 (PTI) Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Wednesday that 100 million people around the world would become poor due to the COVID-19 pandemic, urging the world to promote sustainable agriculture to fight hunger.
Khan made the comments during a virtual keynote address to the Board of Governors of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), according to a statement from his office.
He said the world’s population will soon reach 8 billion people when 600 million go hungry and more than 100 million children are stunted due to undernourishment.
Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to push an additional 100 million people into extreme poverty, he said, adding that already more than 20 countries are food insecure.
He called for a common plan and strategy for global recovery, survival and prosperity for all mankind, including debt relief for poor countries.
Proposing a program to eradicate poverty and hunger, he said, we must first invest in sustainable agricultural infrastructure to facilitate the transport, production and distribution of agricultural inputs and food products.
He said governments need to more actively ensure adequate and fair prices for agricultural and food products.
He also said that new agricultural technologies and techniques must be applied consciously to improve food production.
Khan also said it was time to rethink the patterns of food consumption and production.
We can eat better, and many of us would do well to eat less. We can produce food with the greatest respect for nature. We can stop the pollution of our lakes, rivers and oceans. We can produce more with less water and without dangerous chemicals, he said.
Speaking about the situation in Pakistan, he said he had integrated the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into the national development plan and his government had given the highest priority to achieving SDG-1: no poverty; and SDG-2 Zero hunger. PTI SH RS RS
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