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Boosting the Zero Hunger programme in Pakistan

FAO Director-General and Food Security Minister discuss the school meal programme

17 February 2015, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and Pakistan’s Minister for National Food Security and Research, Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan today discussed ways to continue boosting the national Zero Hunger programme.

The initiative was launched through the Ministry in March 2012.

Minister Bosan referred to his visit to Brazil last year to see how the Zero Hunger programme was implemented in Brazil. He said he was “100 percent convinced” of implementing the programme especially school meals programme in Pakistan, linking to small-holder producers. He has personally engaged in the implementation of the programme in his home village in Pakistan.

FAO in Pakistan

For his part, Graziano da Silva praised Pakistan’s role in supporting FAO’s work both nationally and globally.

FAO’s programme in Pakistan is one of the largest FAO programmes in the world. Currently, FAO has 275 staff – of which 5 are international - based in over 20 offices around the country and implementing over 20 projects.

FAO’s support includes policy formulation, food and nutrition security, agriculture-based livelihood development, natural resource management, animal health, fisheries development, horticulture development, and Disaster Risk Management.

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