Meeting with Mr. David Kaatrud, Regional Director, World Food Programme

Mr. David Kaatrud, Regional Director, World Food Programme called on the Minister for National food Security and Research, Mr. Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan and discussed various activities of his organization in Pakistan. He particularly enunciated the broader parameters of Zero Hunger Programme, as well as Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Pakistan. Mr. Kaatrud,  appreciated the role of Pakistan as it is the largest contributor among host governments to World Food Programme (WFP) globally. The Minister appreciated the role of World Food Programme in Pakistan. He however, pinpointed the disconnect between various donors with the result that the ultimate goal of achieving the target of poverty reduction was elusive. In order to place all the initiatives on one page, it was decided that Minister would call a meeting of the Provincial Agriculture Ministers so that issues which encompasses the priority laid down by SDGs are adequately addressed.

            The Minister tendered his appreciation for the assistance provided by WFP in conducting Food Security Analysis of Pakistan and formulation of National Food Strategy. There was a detailed discussion on SDGs and Zero Hunger programme; it is told to the delegation that Pakistan is not losing any time in getting to translate the global SDGs into National Action Plan. The Minister underlined the importance of agriculture and stressed that unless appropriate attention was given to this sector, other problems such as climate change, health, education and poverty reduction would be difficult to address. Additional Secretary and D.G. NAPHIS were also present in the meeting.