‘Food system needs radical reform’

Staff Correspondent

27 October, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Speakers at a virtual roundtable on Monday said a radical reform of the country’s food system is essential to ensure food for all. 

To mark the World Food Day, Association for Land Reform and Development (ALRD) and Daily Star jointly organised the roundtable titled “Food sovereignty, inclusive food security and access to land”.

Speaking at the roundtable, Prof MM Akash of Economics Department at Dhaka University said the government’s food distribution system needs to be consolidated to deal with the crisis such as Covid-19.

Economic and social security must be ensured for all labours and vendors engaged in agriculture and non-agricultural sectors, he said.

At the same time, fair price must be fixed for agriculture products’ markets and agricultural inputs’ markets in order to protect food producers, he added.   

ALRD chairperson and Nijera Kari coordinator Khushi Kabir presided over the roundtable while Chakma Raja Barrister Devashish Roy, Assistant FAO Representative Dr Nur Khondaker, General Secretary at Bangladesh Indigenous Peoples Forum Sanjeeb Drong, Executive Director of ALRD Shamsul Huda, among others, spoke on the occasion.