Deputy Chief Executive Oxfam Penny Lawrence calls on Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Sikander Hayat Khan Bosan

Islamabad, June 30, 2015 (PPI-OT): Deputy Chief Executive Oxfam Penny Lawrence called on the Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Sikander Hayat Khan Bosan today at his office. Matters pertaining to sustainable livelihood, food security and sanitation came under discussion. The Federal Minister highlighted that an approach with focus on education, health and social welfare is vital for hunger eradication and to ensure food security.

The Minister apprised the Oxfam delegates that inspired from the Brazilian model Pakistan has launched a Zero Hunger and Family Farming program. The program aims to reach out to 61 million people. Salient features of this initiative include stimulus program to expand farm output and market access, targeted and conditional social safety nets and food transfers to food insecure households.

The minister further added that multiple initiatives have been taken to break the cycle of rural poverty and hunger. Value addition, agriculture modernization, higher returns on agricultural produce, livestock, dairy and poultry development remain the focus of attention.

Collaborative measures to ensure food security, mechanisms for financial assistance during drought and natural calamities, value addition, agricultural marketing and capacity building came under discussion. The deputy Chief Executive appreciated the commitment of the government towards agriculture and welcomed joint ventures to eradicate hunger and malnutrition.

The minister mentioned that the ministry would welcome support from Oxfam for School Feeding Program. Oxfam has been working in Pakistan since 1973. The INGO works in collaboration with government and private sector to improve the livelihood of those living in poverty and provides humanitarian assistance to those affected by natural calamities.

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