Kathmandu, 12 Secretary General of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), Amjad Hussain B. Sial, addressed the inaugural session of the regional consultation workshop on gender sensitive value chain in South Asia, in Kathmandu, this morning.
The workshop was organized by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and Asian Farmers’ Association in collaboration with the SAARC Secretariat and the SAARC Agriculture Centre.
The Secretary General stated that a majority of the population of South Asia lived in rural areas,while agriculture continued to be the mainstay of the region’s economies. In this context, he said, “The SAARC Agriculture Perspective-2020 puts forth the visionary targets to be achieved across the region in agriculture and its allied sectors. Inspired by this visionary document, our ongoing efforts are geared towards making agriculture knowledge-intensive, market-oriented and demand-driven.”
The Secretary General appreciated that FAO was using the value chain approach as the key to the development of sustainable food systems, with gender relations as a primary component of the socio-economic context.
The Workshop has the participation of representatives both from the Government and Non-governmental entities as well as from regional and international organizations. The Workshop will conclude on 14 June 2019.
People’s News Monitoring Service