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Climate change to have impact on food security

Food minister tells seminar

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Food and Disaster Minister Abdur Razzaque yesterday said global climate change would have an adverse impact on food security as the agricultural production will decrease due to global warming.
He said both food and energy sectors should get the priorities for the country's development. If it is possible to ensure the supply of electricity for irrigation, the production cost of food will decrease.
The minister sought help from the Japanese government in agriculture and energy sectors.
He said this at a seminar on 'Global climate change and its impact in Bangladesh' organised by Alumni Association of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) at the LGED auditorium in the city.
The minister said the rate of poverty has increased in the country in the last few years due to food price hike, adding that if the agricultural production decreases, the rate of poverty will increase further and it will be hard to implement the Millennium Development Goal.
Presenting keynote paper, IUCN Country Representatives Dr Ainun Nishat said poor countries will be the worst victims of the climate change.
He said food, agriculture, disaster management and health sectors will be mostly affected due to climate change, adding that environment and forest ministry should coordinate the activities to face the change.
The global average temperature has risen up for .8 degree and it could rise up to six degree, he further said.
Communications Secretary ASM Ali Kabir, Chief Representative of JICA Bangladesh Nobuko Suzuki Kayashima, Councillor of Development and Finance Department of Japan embassy Masami Tamura also took part in the programme with Vice President of the association Prof Khurshid Zahan was in the chair.

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