Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Addressing a ceremony, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah said nutrition and food safety were National Unity Government’s top priority.
“As per the decision of the council of minister, the committee for nutrition and food safety was decided to be established. Now we see the commitment has been fulfilled,” Dr. Abdullah said.
According to Chief Executive, 39 percent of the country’s population facing food immunity challenges, adding 40.9 percent of the children below five years facing malnutrition which made Afghanistan to be in the rank of those countries facing serious food immunity challenges.
Dr. Abdullah called poverty, lack of access to flood, climate change, drought, unbalanced food regime, lack of access to potable water and war as the main challenges before food immunity in the country. He emphasized on joint cooperation of the government institutions and the international organization to fight malnutrition and remove obstacles before food immunity in the country.
Meanwhile, the representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO of the United Nations cited food insecurity as the biggest challenge in Afghanistan, adding FAO was ready to ease Afghan government bring food security in the country.
At the end, Baryali Arsalayee, general director of the secretariat for council of ministers, representatives of FAO, UNICEF and WFP signed MoU on establishing of national technical committee on Nutrition and food security.