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Multi-dimensional approach needed for food security: president

18 October 2017, 01:02 | Lucy Hill

Pope Francis and G7 ministers to participate in World Food Day

The writer is the representative for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Pakistan and can be reached

World Food Day is celebrated on 16th October each year, commemorating the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The theme of World Food Day 2017 was Change the future of migration.

In a speech to the global body's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome, Francis said love rather than pity should be placed at the heart of worldwide development efforts, and threw his weight behind efforts in the United Nations to negotiate a global accord on managed, safe migration.

Food security and rural development are important factors for ensuring peace, stability and sustainability in the world, vice-president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, founder and head of the IDEA Public Union, goodwill ambassador of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Leyla Aliyeva said.

"And we are also putting more efforts into encouraging agricultural development to cover all the areas of agriculture".

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The president said it was heartening to note that Pakistan had made significant progress in food production over the last seventy years as it had witnessed considerable increase in the production of wheat and rice. "Pakistan is now not only self-sufficient in both these food grains but it has also become an exporter of these commodities", he said.

"The G7 has helped to sharpen focus on the need to make food systems more sustainable, including through territorial approaches, and we welcome the recognition that the role of women and young people is essential for achieving food security", Graziano da Silva said.

THE Oyo state government has said that adequate food security remains the major priority of the present administration in the state.

He further stated that the government is improving the quality of seeds that are being provided for farmers.

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