Afghan Food Security and Nutrition Agenda stakeholders study tour to Bangladesh
With the support of FAO and EU, the afghan delegation composed of 12 people from the Afghanistan Food Security and Nutrition Agenda (AFSeN–A) stakeholders composed of representatives from Government Ministries, Technical Secretariat and FAO representatives paid a study tour to Bangladesh. The delegation headed by H.E Nasrullah Arsalai, the Director General of the Council of Ministers, Secretariat, the Afghanistan Focal Point to SUN movement and Government Coordinator for the AFSeN-A.
The purpose of this visit was to learn from experiences of Bangladesh in Food Security and Nutrition areas. The delegation met with Bangladesh government food and Agriculture ministers, authorities research and training institutes, research council, laboratories and agriculture university of Bangladesh.
The constitution, policy and regulatory environment in Bangladesh favors food and nutrition security. Strong constitutional provision ensures citizen rights to food, good number of policies and regulations such as food policy, food safety act and country investment plans are tools that offer legitimacy, legal power and back-up to food and nutrition related structures and interventions.
Linking Research, education and extension work is another good example for agricultural integration, inclusiveness and continuity. This is another example which we must learn from.
This study tour was very useful and Bangladesh experience could be copied to Afghanistan context. The multi stakeholder coordination mechanism in scaling up nutrition, strong training and research institutes extension, food safety authority fortification, bio fortification are examples which we can learn from and apply.
Fortification, bio-fortification, GMOs, plant tissue culture, targeted programs for vulnerable people, developing stress tolerant crop varieties, developing local technology to help farmers are few interesting examples to mention.