Growing population causing food insecurity

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STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistans growing population also poses a serious threat to food insecurity while no serious attention has ever been devoted to studying Pakistans large population numbers, their distribution, and the implications they hold for the countrys development, politics, and ultimate stability

This was informed at the recently held 14th Annual Research Conference with theme Pakistans Population: New Realities and Challenges for Human Development.

According to the recent National Nutrition Survey, around 60 per cent of the countrys total population is facing food insecurity. In these households, 50 per cent of the women and children were found to be malnourished.

The Population Association of Pakistan (PAP), in collaboration with NUST, held the conference.

In his remarks, Lt. Gen. (R) Muhammad Asghar, Rector NUST, Islamabad, said that the students, the future leaders of Pakistan must be well conversant with the impact of a rapidly growing population on the economy, national development and wellbeing of the people.

Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal was the chief guest. Mare-Andre Franche, Country Director, UNDP Pakistan, also spoke in the event.

In her welcoming remarks, PAP President Shahnaz Wazir Ali said that it is unfortunate that the routinely collected information and the research evidence that is available, seldom makes its way into policy development and setting programmatic direction.


Published in: Volume 04 Issue 48

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