‘New Strategies Imperative to Ensure Food Security in Nepal’: Jamie McGoldrick

Mar 21st, 2014 | By | Category: Food, Nepal

20832Republica: UN Resident Coordinator in Nepal Jamie McGoldrick said at a seminar on Thursday that Nepal should implement new strategies to ensure sustainable food security.

Speaking at the seminar on ´EU-ASIA Policy Dialogue on Food Security in the Context of Climate Change´, organized by the Center for South Asian Studies, McGoldrick urged the government and stakeholders to introduce new strategies in view of possible challenges like food crisis and climate change.

“Mid and Far Western development regions of Nepal are the most vulnerable to the negative impact of more erratic rainfall and decline in winter precipitation,” the resident coordinator said. Despite many years of support to ensure food security in Nepal, the progress figures are still not make pleasant reading, he added.

“Nepal has made some progress in recent times but still it is amongst the most at-risk countries in the world in terms of prevalence of stunting, underweight and anemia,” he said, adding, “41 percent of children under five are stunted and 29 percent are underweight and 46.2 percent have anemia.”

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