Half of Pakistan’s total population is malnourished. More than 58 percent is food insecure. These facts were revealed by Vice Chancellor of Islamia University of Bahawalpur (IUB) Muhammad Mukhtar.
While addressing International Conference on Biochemical and Chemical Sciences he said that Pakistan is among those three countries that account for half of the globe’s malnourished women and children. The conference was organized by Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF).
Vice Chancellor Muhammad Mukhtar on this occasion urged Pakistani scientists to play their part so that food security can be ensured in country like Pakistan where it is one of the major challenges for the country.
Muhammad Mukhtar said that
Pakistan has a strong ecosystem and has a good cropping system. If the youth are provided quality education there is no reason the country won’t progress
He further said that Pakistan should follow the footsteps of countries like China. People of Cholistan lived longer on average than others in our country and research must be conducted in order to reveal the factors behind their long lives.
University of Agriculture Faisalabad Vice Chancellor Iqrar Ahmad Khan said that Pakistan is one of those countries that are hit by the global changes in climate and he also indicated that UAF is ranked at 35th position by Universitas Indonesia (UI) Green Metric World University Ranking. He said that UAF will continue with its environment friendly policies which they have adapted.
Silvia Kaufmann representing International Nutrition Development Partner said that around 45 percent of the children below five years age in Pakistan are facing chronic malnutrition causing their stunted growth. She also indicated the fact that almost half of the Pakistan was living below the line of poverty.
Dean of the Faculty of Sciences, Muhammad Javed at this occasion indicated that 50.4 percent of women in Pakistan are anemic, 41.3 percent possess vitamin-A deficiency while 66.8 percent have vitamin D deficiency. These figures were taken from National Nutrition Survey.