World Food Day Our Actions Are Our Future

14th October 2021- (4:00 to 6:00 PM PST)

COMSTECH is hosting webinar on World Food Day to achieve “Zero Hunger” with theme“Our actions are our future- Better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and better life”.

COMSTECH-OIC cooperation on Science and Technology (www.comstech.org) in cooperation with UK-based organizations SAWIE (www.sawie.net)  & UPSIGN (www.upsign.org.uk) hosting this year’s World Day in Pakistan on 14th October that aims to promote knowledge and support good practices for enhancing agriculture and food production through climate-smart agriculture(CSA), conserving our water, soil resources and protecting biodiversity. It has a critical role to play for “ZERO HUNGER”  and address the climate change crisis.

The event will be highlighting the need for taking immediate actions to protect our food system to produce enough food in quantity and quality. The food system is facing tremendous pressure from climate change causing the depleting natural resources, soil degradation, water shortage and increasing threat from invasive species of pests and diseases. The COVID pandemic has already posed a serious threat to our food system , we need to develop resilient and holistic food system to fight hunger. 

SAWIE smart farm advisory services for smallholder farmers of Pakistan will be launched. SAWIE is a digital and knowledge platform advising  smallholder farmers in climate-smart agriculture and increase income (www.sawie.net)

For Registration: Use following link https://forms.gle/RJ8pkdcFZv8dad9z5. Registered Participants will receive certificate of their participation.

Technical Session
Programme (4:30 to 6:30 PM)

Chair: Prof. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary, (H.I., S.I.,T.I.),Coordinator General, COMSTECH

Co-Chair: Dr Shahid Mahmood Baig, Chairman, Pakistan Science Foundation.

4:30Developing Resilient Food Systems Prof. Dr. Ashfaq Ahmad Chatta, ADPC, CARE South Asia, World  Bank, Pakistan.
4:40Role of Saline Agriculture to Address Food Security Dr. Tarifa Al Zaabi, Acting Director General, International Center for Biosaline Agriculture, UAE.
4:50Environmentally Sustainable Crop Production for Food Security Dr Abdul Wakeel, Associate Professor , University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan.
5:00Accelerating Farm Decision Support with Data Marketplace Dr Matthew Smith , Head Product Success, Agrimetrics, UK.
5:10Microfinance model to uplift marginal communities Dr Rashid Bajwa, Chief Executive Officer, NRSP, Pakistan.
5:20Hidden Hunger, A biofortified success story – A case study of KP province Prof. Dr. Nicola M. Lowe, Professor of Nutritional Sciences, University of Central Lancashire, UK.
5:30New approaches to address Food Security Prof. Dr. Gerrit Hoogenboom, University of Florida, USA.
5:40BioSuccess – an app that can help with climate change and use of Biopesticides’ Dr Belinda Luke, CABI, UK.
5:50Plenary Session -Drivers Achieving Food Self Sufficiency in Pakistan (Policy Framework, Access to Finance, Digitization, Innovation , Academia & Research, Advisory & Extension services) Chair: Dr. Abid Qaiyum Suleri , Executive Director- SDPI Co-Chair: Eng. Mushtaq Gill, CEO SAWIE & SACAN Prof. Dr. Qamar-uz-Zaman, VC, PMAS Arid Agriculture UniversityDr. Muhammad Azeem Khan, Ex Chairman, PARCMr Hammad Naqvi, Country Head, WWFMs. Sobiah Becker, Climate Change Adviser FCDO Ms. Shandana Gulzar Khan  ,Chairperson Commonwealth Women ParliamentarianDr. Khalid Mahmood, SAWIEDr Michael Gifford, NIAB, Cambridge
6:20A vote of Thanks Prof. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary, (H.I.,S.I.,T.I.),Coordinator General, COMSTECH

Contact Info
For any query, Please contact on the below given Email address or Landline number

Email: Khazima@comstech.org or comstech@comstech.org
Phone No. : 92 51 9220681-3
Fax : 92 51 9211115, 9220265, 9205264
Khazima Muazim
Programme Manager,
COMSTECH Secretariat, 33-Constitution Avenue, G-5/2, Islamabad, Pakistan

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