ISLAMABAD/RAWALPINDI - Akhlaq Ahmad Tarar, Secretary Ministry of Science and Technology, has stressed the experts, planners and policymakers to play their effective role for designing comprehensive strategies for agricultural development and food security so that helpless people particularly women and children have access to adequate food for nutritional security and well being. He stated this while addressing the World Food Day Seminar organized by Pakistan Agricultural Research Council in collaboration with Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) here at the National Agricultural Research Centre. It is to be noted that 16 October 2011 World Food Day was celebrated for the first time in 1981 as a result of a 1979 resolution by FAO members. Since 1997, it is known as World Food/TeleFood Day in an effort to link country members, as well as national and international organizations in mobilizing resources to address food security issues. It is the right to feed oneself in dignity, rather than the right to be fed. Food prices - from crisis to stability has been chosen as this years World Food Day theme to shed some light on this trend and what can be done to mitigate its impact on the most vulnerable. Uniting against hunger becomes real when state and civil society organizations and the private sector work in partnership at all levels to defeat hunger, extreme poverty and malnutrition. Akhlaq Ahmad Tarar has said that Rapid economic growth, population pressure and tight global market are in fact some of the major reasons behind food price hike. Today, 925 million people in the world suffer from hunger and malnutrition, he added. H esaid that the importance of agriculture sector is the economy of Pakistan can be recognized from the fact that 62 percent of rural population is engaged in agriculture directly or indirectly. Share of agriculture in export of 60 percent provides employment to about 44 percent labors force and contributes about 21 percent share in national GDP. In addition, this sector is not only providing food for 177 million population but also feeding more than 160 million livestock and providing raw material for all agro-based industries, he added. Tarar apprised that millions of people in Sindh province have lost their productive assets and livelihoods especially farmers who have lost their sources of food and income. This is the second consecutive year in which floods have disrupted or destroyed significant amounts of the kharif harvest and preparations for the rabi crops, headed.