Caritas Pakistan Karachi, under their National Advocacy Plan on Sustainable Development Goals SDG 02 (Zero Hunger) campaign organized the Session with volunteers on 26th of September, 2020 at Nafeesa Wilson Resercher and Training Center, Karachi.
Mr. John Rehmat, Program Coordinator CPK welcomed the honorable guests and teachers, volunteers and children of Caritas Community Schools. The objective of the Session was to raise public awareness of extent of hunger in Pakistan and its impact on lives of people and review the government policies and plans on SDG 02 disseminate to all stakeholders for better planning.
Mr. Mansha Noor, Executive Secretary in his welcome speech said that our campaign contributes in engagement with the government and advocating for SDG2 (Zero Hunger) in association with other civil society organizations and communities.
He further said that approximately 60 percent of the population in Pakistan is facing food insecurity and malnutrition is highly prevalent, according to the UN World Food Program (WFP). The WFP reports that 44 percent of Pakistani children younger than 5 years of age are stunted and 15 percent suffer from acute malnutrition.
“Caritas Pakistan took the initiatives to address Hunger by facilitate farmers / communities from drought-affected areas to benefit from scheme announced by Sindh government. We engage parliamentarians / media officials / schools, teachers and other stakeholder to raise unified voice for addressing food insecurity and hunger issues,” he said.
Mr. Amir Robin , Focal Person for National Advocacy Plan on SDG 02(Zero Hunger) facilitated the session by explaining how we waste food on daily basis. He said that it is time to rethink how we grow, share and consume our food. If done right, agriculture, forestry and fisheries can provide nutritious food for all and generate decent incomes, while supporting people-centered rural development, sharing food with those in need and protecting the environment.