PM Imran Khan terms food security, improved nutrition ‘challenge’ for developing countries

APP News Agency

03rd Sep, 2021. 02:52 pm

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday highlighted that food security and improved nutrition were big challenges for the developing countries and backed China’s innovative Juncao technology for helping tackle poverty alleviation.

“​Such innovative, affordable and eco-friendly technologies may help catalyse our progress towards achieving the first two Sustainable Development Goals: no poverty and zero hunger,” said PM Imran in his video message screened at the forum held on the 20th Anniversary of Juncao Assistance and Sustainable Development Cooperation.

Juncao, which is famed as ‘magic grass’, is two Chinese characters meaning ‘mushroom’ and ‘grass’. The particular breed of grass was discovered by Chinese scientists to be an economical and environment-friendly substitute for timber traditionally used as a substrate for growing mushrooms.

PM Imran highlighted that the ​ world at large, specifically the global south, is battling multiple challenges including climate change, poverty and most of all food insecurity.

He ​congratulated China for hosting the event and Professor Lin Zhanxi for the invention of Juncao technology. He ​also commended China for sharing the beneficial Juncao technology with over 100 countries, which had already benefited thousands of people across the continents over the past 20 years.

He mentioned that ​the technology also helped in combating desertification and could be used as food for livestock as it protein-rich.

The prime minister emphasised sustainable ways of achieving economic recovery, growth and development as critical during the pandemic.

He said ​with relentless efforts towards ending poverty in all its manifestations, extreme poverty had been steadily declining in the past two decades.

“China’s remarkable growth has brought 800 million people out of poverty over the past four decades,” said PM Imran. He also added that ​China is a role model for developing countries in poverty alleviation.

He lauded the Chinese leadership for the role it provided in climate change and commended President Xi’s vision of a “prosperous, clean and beautiful world” and initiative to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060.

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