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Agricultural cooperative to tackle poverty: SAARC General Secretary

Kathmandu : SAARC Secretary General Amjad Hussain B Sial said agricultural cooperatives can be an effective instrument in tackling the formidable challenge of poverty in the SAARC region. Reaching out to the marginalized segments of the society, cooperatives can help in employment generation by encouraging small and medium enterprises in communities, he added.
Addressing the first SAARC Agri Cooperative Business Forum in Kathmandu Tuesday, the General Secretary mentioned that women and the vibrant youth population, with proper awareness and education on agriculture cooperatives, could also be utilized in the poverty eradication programmes in the region.
He argued that in the context of diminishing farm sizes, sustainable family farmers’ cooperatives could play an instrumental role in achieving food security, improving nutrition and developing value chain, eventually contributing to poverty alleviation and ending hunger, according to press release issued by the SAARC Secretariat, Kathmandu.
The south Asia as he said is home to around a quarter of the global population, majority of whom live in the rural areas and depend on natural resources like land, freshwater, coastal fisheries, and forests. Much of the agricultural production in the region is undertaken by smallholders with very small landholdings, while women play a significant role in agriculture, he viewed.
Referring to the SAARC Agriculture Vision 2020 adopted by the SAARC Agriculture Ministers in 2008, Secretary General Sial said, “Small-sized farms in South Asia face serious constraints in adopting modern technology and in marketing their produce. To some extent, the size disadvantage can be obviated through contract and cooperative farming.”
The event devoted to the theme, ‘Organizing and Strengthening Family Farmers’ Cooperatives to attain SDG-1 and SDG-2 in South Asia’ was co-organized by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Asian Farmers’ Association (AFA) with the support from International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
The three-day event has the participation of representatives both from the government and non-governmental entities from the Member States of SAARC as well as from regional and international organizations.
In his statement, Mr. Sial also made a reference to the Declaration of the Eighteenth SAARC Summit, in which, SAARC leaders, inter alia, recognized the potential of cooperatives in achieving inclusive, broad-based and sustainable economic growth and development, and called for sharing of experiences, expertise and best practices in this sector. He stated that following the inclusion of cooperatives as an agreed area of cooperation, an intergovernmental process is underway for finalizing the SAARC Plan of Action for cooperation in matters relating to Cooperatives.RSS

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