Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba said Nepal is determined to translate its commitment into building a resilient and sustainable food system in order to achieve zero hunger by 2030.
Addressing the Food Systems Summit virtually, convened by UN Secretary-General on the margins of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly on Thursday, Prime Minister Deuba said, “We are determined to achieve zero hunger by 2030 and committed to our collective efforts to ensure that nutritious food is a reality for all.”
Issuing a press statement on Friday, the Permanent Mission of Nepal to the United Nations, New York informed that Prime Minister Deuba in his address said today one in every 10 people on Earth is under-nourished, and the COVID-19 pandemic has further worsened food insecurity.
“With disruptions in supply chains and rising food prices, the situation in Least Developed Countries and Landlocked Developing Countries is all the more acute,” he said.
Stating that Nepal has a food system that is highly vulnerable to disasters caused by climate change and extreme weather, he said COVID-19 pandemic has further limited Nepal’s fiscal space, endangered its food chains, and risked reversing its development gains.
While underlining the hardships posed by climate change and COVID-19, he highlighted that the government under his leadership has adopted pro-poor and inclusive policies to tackle poverty and hunger, to save people’s lives, and to rebuild the economy better and stronger.
The Prime Minister further said that the transformative investment in agriculture would be crucial to ensure food security for all. This includes harnessing modern technologies and making high yield seed variants available in all countries.
“These efforts are made in line with our constitution’s promise to ensure affordable, healthy, and nutritious food for all Nepali people,” he added. A total of 120 speakers including 45 Heads of State/Government are scheduled to address the Summit.
Source : TRN,