“The food insecurity caused by high food prices is an issue that, unfortunately, is faced by millions in Pakistan,” he said, adding that the World Food Day theme for 2011 – Food Prices - From Crisis To Stability – highlighted “the growing trends of high food prices and its impact on the most vulnerable.”
More than 60 percent of Pakistanis are currently experiencing food insecurity, according to the National Emergency Co-ordinator, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), and the United Nations, as cited by Business Recorder.
In his address, the Pakistani Prime Minister acknowledged that his government faced a major challenge to restore food security to its 180 million population, but vowed to step up measures that would increase the accessibility of food to his people.
One of the major issues that Pakistan has faced over the last two years in particular have been recurring floods that have devastated crops and land suitable for farming.
According to Business Recorder, farmers in some parts of southern Punjab and Sindh also did not go for sowing this Kharif season as they were afraid of the expected floods, which would make them unable to pay bank loans.