Wednesday, 13 Nov 2019

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Govt signs agreement with FAO to improve 'food system'

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Health Desk-20 Dec’18: The government on Wednesday signed a grant agreement of nearly Tk 104 crore with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to improve Dhaka’s food system amid growing concern over food adulteration.

The Netherlands government is providing financial support of $12.5 million equivalent to Tk104 core to FAO to help implement a technical scheme called “Support for Modeling, Planning and Improving Dhaka’s Food System.”

Under the scheme, a data base will be created for ascertaining the food value chain of Dhaka as it is hard to assess from where the food come, FAO and ERD officials informed. 

Economic Relations Division (ERD) Secretary Monowar Ahmed and FAO Representative Robert D Simpson signed the project agreement from their respective organisations.

Royal Dutch Ambassador Harry Verweij, ERD Additional Secretary (UN) Sultana Afroz also attended the accord signing ceremony.

FAO Representative Robert D Simpson said that majority of foodstuffs are produced in rural areas, predominantly by smallholder farmers, and mostly consumed by the growing proportion of the population living in urban centres, understanding the flow of food products and their interaction with consumers is critical in facilitating the development of a safe, sustainable and resilient food system for Dhaka metropolitan area.