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FAO strives to make migration act of choice

FAO strives to make migration act of choice

Oct 17, 2017 - 16:56

KABUL (Pajhwok) Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has been working to address the root causes of migration, advocating for solution that could make migration an act of choice not desperate last resort, a statement from the oganisation said on Tuesday.

For this purpose the FAO in close coordination with the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) celebrated the 37thanniversary of the World Food Day (WFD) at the Ministry of Agriculture.

“Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development” was the theme of this year’s observance, according to the statement.

This year’s slogan for World Food Day (16 October) is dedicated to the relationship between migration, food security and agriculture which addressed the structural drivers of large movements of people in order to make migration safe, orderly and regular.

FAO had a unique role to play in this context, and strived to address the root causes of migration, advocating for solutions that make migration an act of choice and not a desperate last resort.

FAO was also working with governments, UN agencies, the private sector, civil society and local communities, to generate evidence on migration patterns and was building countries’ capacities to address migration through rural development policies. This way rural people can have the option to remain on their land, or to leave if they want to.

“As per the statistics, near to 40% of the country are living below the poverty line. Some serious actions have been taken to collectively combat with this situation. During the last three years, the main focus of the government is to supporting the people in this critical situation. In accordance with the current statistical data, agriculture sector contributes to 1.8% of the GDP  growthof the country which highlights the highest contribution compared with the other sector” said, by Excellency Nasir Ahmad Durani, MAIL Minister. 

“An increasing number of people particularly the rural community,are forced to migrate because of conflicts, hunger, poverty, lack of access to resources and livelihood opportunities and the impacts of climate change. In 2018, FAO will act as co-chair of the United Nations Global Migration Group (GMG) to emphasize the linkage between agriculture and rural development and migration. We are committed to support the Government of Afghanistan together with our partners to take productive stepsto collectively resolve the issueof migration.Furthermore, FAO supports the process ofinstitutionalization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) followed by its implementation together with investment and monitoring schemes. FAO is mandated to assist the Governmentin 6 SDGs (i.e. 1,2,6,12,13 and 15 goals)that will ultimately contribute to poverty reduction,food security and nutrition, contributing to the reduction of IDPs and migration.” said, Tomio Shichiri, FAO Representative in Afghanistan.

“Concerns are growing that progress in defeating global hunger is being reversed as record numbers of people flee their homes to escape fighting. Hunger, conflict and migration are linked, therefore on World Food Day 2017 we make a plea for peace.” said WFP Afghanistan Country Director, Mr. Mick Lorentzen. “To mark World Food Day, the World Food Programme (WFP) would like to emphasize on the importance of joint efforts and constructive partnerships among governments, business and organizations that will create the requisite momentum towards achieving Zero Hunger and shaping a brighter future for millions of people. By working towards Zero Hunger – Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2, we can tackle many of the issues that cause people to migrate.” he added.

Every year, the World Food Day took place on October 16th, whose main goal remained to raise public awareness about hunger challenges and encourage people worldwide to take action in the fight against hunger.