National Seminar to Lobby for Formulation of Right to Food Act in Bangladesh
Stepping towards establishing SDG 2 ‘Zero Hunger’, and ensuring food and nutrition security for 40 million poor and ultra-poor in Bangladesh the ‘Right to Food Bangladesh’, a network of CSOs, arranged the seminar titled “Development Goals of Bangladesh and the Relevance of the Law for Food Right”. The seminar was held on October 18, 2018 at CIRDAP in association with the Civic Engagement Alliance (CEA) program of ICCO Cooperation. The network is already running a campaign of submitting a petition with 2.5 million signatories to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh in the coming months. . It is expected that the number of signatories reach beyond 2.5 million.
The aim of the seminar was to put a step ahead to formulate the Right to Food Act in Bangladesh. Food Minister Advocate Qamrul Islam spoke as the chief guest while Dr Quazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad Chairman of Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation and Right to Food Bangladesh chaired the function. Director General of the Department of Women Affairs Quazi Rawshan Akhter and Senior Research Fellow of Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) Dr Naznin Ahmed also spoke as the guests of honour. General Secretary of Right to Food Bangladesh Mohsin Ali conducted the seminar.
Speakers at the seminar addressed the need for enacting a law to implement the existing policy on right to food. The Minister acknowledged the CSOs demand for Food Right Act in Bangladesh. He added that government is trying to create awareness to ensure safe food for people and reduce post-harvest losses, after achieving self-sufficiency in food production.
The seminar also drew attention towards the importance of ensuring food security for women and children in the society and how it is significantly linked with achieving the SDGs. Speakers also put highlighted the importance for all relevant government department to work collaboratively in order to establish the new law.
Md. Abul Kalam Azad, Head of Programs, ICCO Cooperation Bangladesh Country Office spoke about the bridge between CEA program and Right to Food Network in Bangladesh, especially in achieving its target to realise the right to adequate food and nutrition on a larger scale.