Imran Khan Suggests a Five-Point Proposal to Alleviate Global Poverty

The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, just recently reiterated his stance that agriculture is vital for the survival of humans. On this note, he suggested a five-point plan to be followed if countries across the world want to end hunger and poverty. 

The premier gave a virtual address on Wednesday when he called for investments in the sustainable development of agriculture. According to him, this will ensure fair and adequate prices of food products, as well as the application of technologies. He also encouraged the rethinking of patterns of food production and consumption. 

The PM addressed the introductory session of the Governing Council of International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), which was being held in Rome, Italy. He suggested that a new strategy be adopted for sustainable consumption and production of food. Khan went on to say that this should take effect from the Food Systems Summit next year. 

In his key-note address, the Prime Minister also spoke about the adverse effects that the coronavirus pandemic is having on the economies of numerous countries. He especially highlighted the problems being faced by developing countries, which have led to the extreme poverty of an additional 100 million people. 

The Premier further shared with the attendees the efforts of Pakistan to mitigate the hardships being faced by the poor people in the country. He made sure to mention the historic $8 billion relief package that was awarded by his government during the coronavirus pandemic. 

As per a report presented by the World Food Program (WFP) of the United Nations, 690 million people or 8.9% of the population of the world, go hungry. This number has increased by almost 60 million in the past five years. 

A quarter of the population of the world does not have reliable access to nutritious and safe food, added the report. 

The WFP report also added that all over the world, women are more likely to starve as compared to men. This situation has been further exacerbated by cultural norms and laws that restrict access to equal pay, health care, and property. 

The United Nations stated that despite global goals to achieve zero hunger by the year 2030, the number of hungry people is estimated to rise to around 840 million in the next five years. However, this will only happen if the current trends do not change at all. 

In other news, the current Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government challenged the nomination papers presented by Pervaiz Rashid, leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), for the soon-to-be held Senate elections. 

The objections were personally filed by the MPA of PTI, Zainab Omar, through Rana Mudassar, her lawyer. They went straight to the election commissioner/returning officer in Lahore. 

The filed petition inquired as to what position Rashid submitted the nomination papers for. He signed an affidavit for the seat of the technocrat, whereas the nomination papers were for the general seat. According to this petitioner, the action was fraudulent, self-contrary, and improper. Therefore, deemed Rashid to be unqualified for contesting the Senate elections.