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Caritas project seeks to end hunger in South Asia

The Catholic Church agency Caritas has launched a project that aims to end hunger across South Asia by 2030.

Caritas India introduced the program in collaboration with its international partners to help farmers adapt methods to cope with erratic climate conditions, ucanews.com reported.

“Climate change is a global challenge and affects agricultural production and human well-being. It hits hardest where people directly depend on agriculture for food and livelihoods,” said Sunil Simon, project director in India.

The Smallholder Adaptive Farming and Biodiversity Network was launched in June during Caritas Asia’s regional conference in Bangkok.

“The unique program aims to address our common goal of ending hunger by 2030,” said Christoph Schweifer, secretary general of Caritas Austria, a partner in the project.

Caritas organisations in Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan will implement the program with the support of Caritas Austria and Caritas Switzerland.

The effort aims to fight hunger and malnutrition by promoting local food through small-scale farming in selected areas of South Asia in response to climate change, Simon said.

Picture: A child eats corn outside a makeshift shelter in 2015 in Kashmir, India. The Catholic Church agency Caritas has launched a project that aims to end hunger across South Asia by 2030. (CNS photo/Farooq Khan, EPA).

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