Regional approach key to achieving SDGs in food, agriculture

Staff Correspondent

4 December, 2017 12:00 AM printer

Regional approach key to achieving SDGs in food, agriculture

Speakers at a workshop in the capital on Sunday said that regional approach of South Asian (SA) nations is the key to achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Food and Agriculture.

The two-day regional workshop on Implementation of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Food and Agriculture was held at Hotel Amari in Gulshan on December 2-3.

While speaking as the chief guest at its closing session, Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said that Bangladesh government had taken a number of initiatives for achieving the SDGs and the government would be successful in meeting the targets as the country achieved the MDGs.

He stressed on regional approach telling that no single country, but all countries of the region need to act together to meet the challenges of achieving the targets of SDGs.

Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury also joined the inaugural session as the chief guest on Saturday.

She said that the government of Bangladesh has placed its strong commitment in implementing the SDGs and progressing through sectoral approach.

She mentioned that the Ministry of Agriculture had taken various initiatives, not only to meet the target of SDGs, but also to achieve the food and nutrition security.

She appreciated the initiative of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to bring together all SAARC countries to promote awareness and knowledge-sharing on key issues of food and agriculture.

While speaking, FAO Representative in Bangladesh Dr David Doolan urged to focus on rural development and investment in agriculture like crops, livestock, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture as those are powerful tools to end poverty and hunger, and bring about sustainable development. Dr Shamsul Alam, member (Senior Secretary), General Economics Division (GED), Planning Commission, presented the status of Bangladesh in terms of meeting the SDG targets and took lead in welcoming the participants.

More than 100 government officials of eight SAARC countries, each representing  agriculture, forestry, fisheries and environment, social protection, labour, rural development, finance or investment, national statistics offices joined the workshop. Besides FAO, officials of General Economic Division also joined the event.