ISLAMABAD: In order to end hunger we have to promote sustainable agriculture, which means investing in rural smallholder producers, said International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) President Kanayo F Nwanze on Monday.
Mr Nwanze, who is on a two-day visit to Pakistan, stressed the fund is committed to supporting the government in tackling poverty.
The IFAD president held a meeting with Minister for National Food Security and Research, Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan to discuss policy measures taken by the government for food security and ending hunger.
IFAD’s programme in Pakistan was reviewed during the meeting. The upcoming meeting of fund’s governing council was also discussed.
Mr Nwanze is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Adviser to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz besides other officials.
IFAD is recognised by the government for its strong commitment to rural poverty alleviation and its ability to implement development projects in the most difficult and challenging areas of the country, such as Gilgit-Baltistan, AJK, Balochistan and southern Punjab.
IFAD financing in Pakistan is focused mainly on promoting the sustainable economic transformation of the rural poor and ultra-poor households.
IFAD has been working in Pakistan since 1978. It has provided more than $604 million in financing for 26 projects, benefiting more than 2 million households.
Byline: Amin Ahmed
November 22nd, 2016