The dialogue was hosted under the Ministry of Food as a run-up event to the United Nations Food Summit to be hosted later this year

Speakers at a national dialogue have stressed the need of building food system resilience in order to ensure safe and nutritious food for all.

“Bangladesh is committed to continuing in advocating a climate sensitive food system to meet the food needs with diversity. At the same time, it is supporting vulnerable communities in building resilience,” Khaja Abdul Hannan, additional secretary at the Ministry of Food, told the national dialogue held virtually on Wednesday.

The national dialogue – Action Track 5: Build resilience to vulnerabilities, shocks, and stress – was jointly organized by United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP) in Bangladesh in collaboration with the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD).

In his opening speech, Abdul Hannan pointed out initiatives that have been taken out by the Bangladesh government to bring food security to the people. 

The dialogue was hosted under the Ministry of Food as a run-up event to the United Nations Food Summit to be hosted later this year.

Addressing the dialogue, WFP Representative in Bangladesh Richard Ragan said: “What we are trying to do is to guarantee the right to save affordable and nutritious food while contributing to Bangladesh’s urban and rural poor resilience. And more importantly, protecting the planet that we all live on.

“This discussion is really about the innovation and adaptation we need to make to our food systems and supply chains to make it more robust, sustainable, resilient including the accelerating impact of climate change.”

The keynote speaker of the dialogue, Chair of Action Track-5 Dr Saleemul Huq said: “The Action Track 5 is on building food system resilience. In the last six months dialogues have been conducted all over the world and we have received almost 2000 ideas for taking things forward in action.

“We have clustered all of these ideas in further procedure. These will be put forward in front of the upcoming Pre UN Food Summit in Rome, Italy,” he added. 

While chairing the panel discussion on System Resilience, Food Ministry Secretary Dr Mosammat Nazmanara Khanum said: “The government is establishing eight modern silos in the disaster prone areas for wheat and rice with the capacity of 3.35 metric tons. This will help the government to procure food directly from the farmers and millers. The government has also distributed 0.5 million household silos to the vulnerable people in the flood and cyclone prone areas.

“We are also improving the production, procurement and supply facilities during the harvest period,” she added. 

Dr Shamsul Alam, senior secretary at the General Economics Division of Planning Commission; Md Mohsin, additional secretary at the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief; Md Saidul Islam, secretary at the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs and Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman, executive chairman of Power and Participation Research Centre (PPRC), also addressed the dialogue as panel speakers.

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