Food security and threats

Ever growing population and faltering economy, along with, the disastrous changes being witnessed in the climate of the country has severely threatened the food security of the state. Pakistan, being the agricultural country, has highly depended on the wheat, rice and other food articles. Despite the high growth rate in these areas, unfair distribution and hoarding of the grain as well as unpredictable high prices make it hard for the poor and unemployed people to buy for diet. Concurrently, for the food security, economic and social strength is essential to maintain sufficient food availability because lower economic growth results in the failure of buying power of the people. Scary Statistics are shown by the Global Report on the Food Crises 2017 in which Pakistan is among those top three south Asian countries who are most poverty stricken in the world i.e. Bangladesh and India. It shows that 5o million child’s, under age 5 have not weight enough to meet height. Agricultures sector that was most progressing in the 2000s had plummeted to negative growth last year and this year, it has growth rate of 2.01%. with this growth rate and declining the stock exchange reserves, poverty would rise to unprecedented scale and would further deteriorate the food situation.

Horrible situation came to front in the supreme court hearing in which the plight of the children of the Thar was noticed. Unavailability of the food caused death of hundreds of the children, at the same, no long-term initiative has been taken to ensure the food security there that is the fundamental right as per law. Concurrently, where global population is expected to be doubled till 2050, situation is far worse for the countries like us with high population growth rate.  Provision of the safe food to millions of people in the face of impending threats of global warming, melting of glaciers, shrinking agricultural lands and declining exports pose high risk to the massive population. According to the recent estimates, cultivated agriculture land has declined from 0.45% in 1996 to 0.15% in 2018. Deficiency of the food is also due to the energy crises that posed multidimensional problems i.e. unemployment, shut down of the business, cut down in exports, decrease foreign reserves and slow agricultural growth. With these multifaceted issues, food threats become more illuminant and hazardous.

Globally, incentives are taken to use more technology and manpower to raise up growth of the food items in proportion with the rising population. Even in the country like us, lavish use of the meat, milk, butter and other articles of food linked with rural life have reduced due to massive urbanization and lack of incentive on the part of the government. This has generated need of the artificial industry to meet the demand of the meat, milk, butter and fast food. Unplanned urbanization has resulted in the reduction of the cultivated lands, cities have absorbed massive chunks of the land leaving huge unemployment.  In the same way, unemployment is linked with the domestic agricultural and industrial growth that is sluggish in our country. If any country has robust growing economy, their population always have had enough earnings to buy food, but, if economy is already faltering, lack of resources on the part of people would make their survival difficult.

The government should boost economic growth by taking much needed steps of giving incentives to the industrial and agricultural sector that would in return, create jobs for the people. With the rewarding jobs, threats of the food security can be tackled. Moreover, climate change is endangering the existence of the agricultural sector in our country. Immediate measures are required to be implemented in controlling the climate change in collaboration with other neighboring countries in order to maintain reasonable temperature to avert the threats of ice melting. Thus, food security and economic growth interact with each other and go hand in hand.