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‘Building developed country is our goal’

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 13 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder on Sunday said the goal of the present government is to build a hunger-free, self-reliant and developed country.

Various initiatives have been taken to make the country’s food management more practical and strong like other sectors in order to achieve the goal, he said.

The food minister also said priority has been given to the food and nutrition sector to address food security challenges in an integrated manner.

He said this while speaking as the chief guest at a discussion titled "Stage 3 Member-State Dialogue" organised for the preparation of UN Food System Summit 2021 at Parjatan Bhaban Auditorium at Agargaon in the capital on Sunday.

Sadhan Chandra Majumder said, “One of the fundamental rights in the constitution of Bangladesh is to ensure food security for all. Self-sufficiency in food has already been achieved under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The government is currently working to ensure nutritional security for all.”

He said, “The UN is going to organise a ‘Food System Summit 2021’ with the aim of achieving sustainable development by 2030. The Ministry of Food of Bangladesh has been nominated as the National Convener of Dialogue for the preparation of the Food System Summit. Bangladesh seeks to set a shining example to the world through the formulation and implementation of the Pathway Document to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.”

Dr Mosammat Nazmanara Khanum, secretary of the Ministry of Food, presided over the discussion programme while Dr Lutful Hassan, vice-chancellor of Bangladesh Agriculture University, attended the programme as special guest. Mia Seppo, UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh, Robert Simpson, country representative of FAO in Bangladesh, and Dr Rudaba Khandaker, country director of Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) Bangladesh, were also present.