The purpose of this International Conference is to highlight the issue of food security and the policy measures which can be taken to remedy it. Pakistan, in its capacity as member of UN and other global organizations, recognizes the need for tackling food insecurity. Sound policies for food security and agricultural resource management are critical for national economies – and particularly for dryland areas, where water resources are already scarce, and declining rapidly.

With nearly 58% of the local population food insecure, the symposium aims to

Bring together all stakeholders for immediate action. These stakeholders involve broad sectors from both academia, industry and the government.
The liaison between the scientific community and the policy makers is necessary to bring a holistic change.
Examine the impacts of state policies on food security and innovation in agriculture, and identify ways to integrate better policies into programs for sustainable development

Theme 1. Assessment of Global Food and Nutritional Insecurity

Food security exists when all people, at all times, have nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life. The dimensions of food security comprise of three As, namely Availability, Affordability and Accessibility. Absence of any of these dimensions will result in food insecurity. It was on this basis that the National Nutrition Survey Report of 2011 conducted in collaboration with UNICEF and launched in 2011, reported that nearly 58 percent of the population in Pakistan is food insecure.

This theme will cover the approaches taken by International Organizations to manage nutrition insecurity across the globe.

Theme 2. Activities of Major Food and Nutrition Organizations in Pakistan

The status quo assessment of existing academia and industry infrastructure is necessary to not only provide awareness but also look at potential gaps and future research areas.

This theme will look at the work done by these organizations and also focus on possible collaborations for multidisciplinary research that can better manage the concerns of food insecurity.

The focus area in this theme would be

Federal Agriculture and Food Departments and Associated Research Organizations such as PARC and NARC
Federal Department of Health and Associated Agencies such as National Institute of Health and Nutrition Wing of the Planning Commission
Provincial Agriculture and/or Health Departments and Associated Research Agencies
Major Universities conducting R&D in Food and Nutritional Sciences
Theme 3. Role of Biotechnology in Improving the Status of Nutritional Insecurity in Pakistan

The existing century has been labeled as the century of Biotechnology and it is fitting that the science has major application for resolving the issue of nutritional insecurity. Research and Development in Biotechnology bring about innovations not only in agriculture but also present novel solutions in health care, thus providing an ideal top down change that is necessary for Pakistan’s nutritional insecurity.

This theme would look at work done by academia within Pakistan and also bring about possible collaboration for future research projects.

Theme 4. Policies for Enhancing Food Security in Pakistan

Committee on World Food Security (CFS) at its Forty-first Session held in Rome, Italy (October 13-18, 2014) developed a series of policy recommendations based on the reports on “Food Losses and Waste in the Context of Sustainable Food Systems” and “Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture For Food Security and Nutrition“.

As a member state of United Nations, Pakistan also serves as a member of the CFS Committee and is obliged to follow-up on the recommendations of this Committee to ensure food and nutrition security in Pakistan. There seems to be an urgent need to review/assess food and nutrition security issues in Pakistan in a scientific forum and to suggest appropriate measures to improve the situation in light of the CFS’s recommendations.

In this theme, the core focus is

Review of Existing Food Laws and Regulations in Pakistan and Recommend New Policy
Government Policy and Regulations to Ensure Nutritional Security in Developed Countries (Possible Models to Adopt in Pakistan)

Registration fee (in rupees)
The registeration Fee* is as follows:

Faculty/Researchers: Rs 3,000
Students: Rs 2,000
Industry: Rs 5,000

*The registration fee covers Abstract Book, Refreshments and Conference dinners.

Link to Registration Form:


Organizing Committee

Dr. Kauser Abdulla (Chair) (Post Graduate Dean, FCC, Lahore)
Dr. Anwar Naseem (President, Pakistan Academy of Sciences)
Dr. Sarwar Gillani (Nutrition and Health Advisor, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad (Chairman, PARC)
Dr. Iqrar Ahmad Khan (VC, UAF)
Dr. Faqir Anjum (GCU, Faisalabad)
Dr. Talat Naseer Pasha (VC, UVAS)
Dr. Shehzad Alam (PCSIR)
Dr. Manzoor H. Soomro (President ECO Science Foundation, Islamabad)
Dr. M. Ashraf (Chairman, Pakistan Science Foundation)
Local Organizing Committee

Dr. James A. Tebbe (Patron)
Dr. Jospeh Jones
Dr. Kauser Abdulla Malik
Dr. Samina Mehnaz
Dr. Sufian Aslam
Dr. Hamid Saeed
Dr. Rehan Siddiqui
Dr. Aftab Bashir
Dr. Wajahat Hussain
Dr. Rukhsana Zia
Dr. Sakhawat Ali (PCSIR)
Dr. QuratulainAsad (PCSIR)
Mr. Muhammad Adeel
Ms. Michelle Jacob
Advisory Committee

Dr Sarwar Gillani(Nutrition and Health Advisor, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
Mr Abrar Hashmi (High Commissioner of Pakistan to Canada)
Dr Ateeq Rehman (Health Canada)
Dr ZulfiqarBhutta (University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada)
Dr Mubarak Ali (Member, Food and Agriculture, Planning Commission)
Dr Sohail Jehangir Malik(IFPRI, Washington DC, USA)
Dr Muqarab Qureshi (USDA, USA)
Mr Malik Zahoor (Coordinator, Zero Hunger Programme NFSR, Islamabad)


Foreign Invited Speakers

Dr. Martin W. Bloem, (United Nations, World Food Programme, Rome, Italy)
Dr. Paul Moughan, (Riddet Institute, Massey University, New Zealand)
Dr. Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, (University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada)
Dr. Ateeq Rehman, (Government of Canada, Ottawa, Canada)
Dr. G. Sarwar Gilani, (Nutrition and Health Advisor, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
Dr, Roger Beachy, (University of California, Davis, USA)
Dr. Sohail Jehangir Malik, (IFPRI, Washington DC, USA)
National Invited Speakers/Panelists*

Dr. Baseer Khan Acchakzai, (Ministry of National Health Services, Islamabad, Pakistan)
Dr. Iqrar Ahmad Khan, VC, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad
Dr. Mubarak Ali, Member (Food & Agri.) Planning Commission, Islamabad
Dr. Rashid Jooma, Professor, (The Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan)
Dr. Tausif Janjua, (Micronutrient Initiative (MI), Islamabad, Pakistan)
Dr. Masood Sadiq Butt, (University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan)
Dr. Kauser Malik, (Forman Christian College (A Chartered University), Lahore, Pakistan)
Dr. Zabta Shinwari (Chair, Biotechnology Department, QAU, Islamabad, Pakistan)
Dr. Khizar Ashraf, (World Food Programme, Islamabad, Pakistan)
Dr. Umar Farooq, (Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, Islamabad, Pakistan)
Dr. Munir Ahmad, (PARC, Islamabad, Pakistan)
Dr. Shahzad Alam, (PCSIR, Lahore Pakistan)
Dr. Faqir Anjum, (Government College University, Faisalabad, Pakistan)
Dr. Aslam Shaheen, (Chief Nutrition, Planning Commission, Islamabad)
*List will be updated

1 Comment
Zahid Parvez Mian
Posted October 18, 2015 at 8:04 PM
I shall participate as a Speaker, and present a Research Paper,
Zahid Parvez Mian

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