Set up task force to ensure food security

Posted: ফেব্রুয়ারি 3, 2009 in Climate Change, Food security

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday said the government needs to play the main role by activating a task force maintained by concerned ministries and departments for achieving food security in the context of global climate change.

They suggested that the task force would monitor and report on food security-related phenomena like price situation of food items, trends of demand and production of import-based products.

The speakers said this at a roundtable on ‘Climate change and food security: Bangladesh perspective’ jointly organised by Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods (CSRL) and Centre for Global Change at the National Press Club in the city.

They said the task force reports would be submitted to the parliamentary committee on food security to take cautionary measures.

Presenting a keynote paper, Executive Director of Centre for Global Change Dr Ahsan Uddin Ahmed said Bangladesh and other least developed countries would face the toughest consequences of climate change.

Agriculture of the drought-prone western area of the country would have a negative impact and the production of wheat and Aus rice would decline, he added.

He further said that the coastal area’s agriculture would also be hampered due to rise of saline water level in the area and the country would see floods too frequently which would effect the agriculture.

Presiding over the programme, Bangladesh Economic Association President Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad said the government should play the most vital role in ensuring food security as the people are about to face climate change consequences.

The speakers also said there should be a law to protect the cultivable lands in the country as arable lands are being reduced day by day.

Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) President Hasanul Haque Inu also spoke at the roundtable.

The daily star 04.02.2009

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