Nepal adopts pro-poor policies to fight poverty and hunger (PM Deuba)
A screenshot of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba virtually addressing the Food Systems Summit hosted by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the sidelines of the 76th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Friday.
KATMANDU: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba said the government has adopted pro-poor and inclusive policies to fight poverty and hunger. Such policies are also aimed at saving lives and rebuilding the economy to make it better and stronger.
In his virtual address to the Food Systems Summit hosted by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday on the sidelines of the 76th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the Prime Minister said: “A mountainous country, Nepal has a food highly vulnerable to disasters caused by climate change and extreme weather events. The COVID-19 pandemic has further limited our fiscal space, endangered our food chains and risked reversing our development gains. “
The prime minister went on to say that the Nepalese government aims to protect farmers engaged in food production by taking a life cycle approach, the Foreign Ministry said in a press release. There is no better time than this to deliberate on food systems, he says. Today, one in ten people on Earth is undernourished, and the COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated food insecurity.
“With supply chain disruptions and rising food prices, the situation in LDCs and LLDCs is all the more serious. “
Emphasizing the importance of the event, he said it was important for this Summit to be bold. He stressed the need to translate the commitment into building food systems suitable for the future. “These efforts are being made in accordance with our constitution’s promise to ensure affordable, healthy and nutritious food for all Nepalese,” the Prime Minister said, using the forum to make it clear that Nepal is committed to achieving the goal. “Zero Hunger” by 2030.
He added that transformative investment in agriculture would be crucial to ensure food security for all. This included harnessing modern technologies and making high-yielding seed variants available to all countries. “Nepal remains committed to our collective efforts to make nutritious food a reality for all. “