MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Dec. 14 -- The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Agrarian Reform (MAFAR) of the Bangsamoro Government held a three-day food security summit, the first of its kind in the BARMM.
Anchored on the theme, "Bangsamoro ay Paunlarin; Mataas na Ani, Mataas na Kita, Halal and Organikong Pagakain ay Siguruhin," 32 exhibits that featured the various agricultural crops and products from all over the Bangsamoro region, were put on display during the summit.
MAFAR Minister Mohammad Yacob said the summit was aimed to discuss the current challenges affecting food security, presentation of programs and projects that are geared towards addressing the challenges and bringing together support and agreements to pave way for a profitable agriculture and fishery sector in the region.
Yacob said MAFAR has "carried out the development of the first Bangsamoro security road map, envisioning a self-reliant, food secure and resilient Bangsamoro, to ensure that food is accessible, available and stable for every Bangsamoro."
These, he said, will help the government in dealing with the challenges affecting food security in the Bangsamoro region.
MAFAR plays a major role in the promotion of sustainable agri-fishery growth and development, equitable land distribution and tenurial security in the Bangsamoro region.
Meanwhile, Minister of Education Mohager Iqbal and Minister Yacob signed a memorandum of agreement for the program "Gulayan sa Paaralan", during the opening ceremony of the summit held on Tuesday, December 10.
The said program aims to address malnutrition among school children by promoting the production of nutritious foods in school gardens.
It also seeks to boost the awareness of young children on the significance of growing vegetables.
The Gulayan sa Paaralan is expected to be established in 200 schools in BARMM. (Bureau of Public Information)