Saturday, 22 January, 2022

Attaining SDG

Call for formulating law to ensure right to food

RAJSHAHI: Formulating a law related to ensuring rights to food along with its security can be the best ways of achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

Agriculture as well as rice research and extension are directly linked to the goal-2. End Hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture among the total 17 sustainable development goals.

Academics and development activists came up with the observation while addressing a right to food congress on Sunday putting forward the demand of formulating rights to food law to ensure livelihood, food and nutrition to all people, reports BSS.

Paribartan and Food Security Network jointly organised the meeting at Hotel Warisan in the city discussing and devising ways and means on how to ensure rights to food to all human beings.

Omor Faruk Chowdhury addressed the meeting as the chief guest while Professor ANM Wahid and Prof ANK Noman from Rajshahi University spoke as focal persons with Shaw Unnayan President Mustafizur Rahman Khan in the chair.

Former Chief Medical Officer of Rajshahi University Dr Mirza Wazed Beg, social watchdogs Kolpona Roy, Abul Bashar and Advocate Samina Begum also spoke. Paribartan Director Rashed Ibne Obayed moderated the discussion.

He opined that some relevant issues like enforcement fields of public safeguard policy, land use and its class change, compensation, eviction and rehabilitation, human rights and public security and employment generation and livelihood needed to be brought under consideration.

In his remarks, lawmaker Faruk Chowdhury said the present government under the dynamic and visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been working relentlessly to ensure food rights to all.

The government has attained success in tackling the adverse impact of corona, particularly the food security, as it has repeatedly reached food support to the marginalized and other less-incoming households, he mentioned.

Chowdhury, however, urged rich sections of the society and other philanthropies to supplement the government endeavor through standing beside the needy people.