Food security and climate change: the Amman Declaration

February 11, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

H.R.H. Prince El Hassan (left) receives a special plaque from Dr Mahmoud Solh, ICARDA Director General, in recognition of his support for agricultural research

H.R.H. Prince El Hassan (left) receives a special plaque from Dr Mahmoud Solh, ICARDA Director General, in recognition of his support for agricultural research

The International Conference on Food Security and Climate Change in Dry Areas, held in Amman, Jordan this month, brought together policy makers and scientists from 29 countries and 13 international and regional organizations. It was jointly organized by the National Center for Agricultural Research and Extension (NCARE) of the Ministry of Agriculture of Jordan and ICARDA, and co-sponsored by
• The Middle East Science Foundation and the Scientific Research Support Fund of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Jordan
• The Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) and sub-regional organizations: AARINENA (Association of Agricultural Research Institutes of the Near East and North Africa); APAARI (Asia Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions; and CACAARI (Central Asia and the Caucasus Association of Agricultural Research Institutions)
• International organizations: Bioversity International, FAO, IDRC (International Development Research Centre) and OFID (OPEC Fund for International Development).

The guest of honor, H.R.H. Prince El Hassan bin Talal, President, Higher Council of Science and Technology; pledged full support from the Government of Jordan for international efforts to fight climate change. The Patron of the conference, H.E. Samir Rifai, Prime Minister of Jordan, sent a personal message, delivered by H.E. Eng. Saeed Al Masri, Minister of Agriculture: “Science is the best tool to overcome the challenges facing the agricultural sector,” he said. “The Government of Jordan places great emphasis on the role of agriculture in development, and this is reflected in the partnerships between NCARE and international centers like ICARDA.”

Opening  session of the  conference: H.R.H. Prince El Hassan Bin Talal (centre), flanked by

Opening session of the conference: H.R.H. Prince El Hassan Bin Talal (centre), flanked by

Keynote speakers included ICARDA Director General, Dr Mahmoud Solh. His presentation, Ensuring food security in a changing environment: how science and technology can help provided an overview of ICARDA’s research on food security – particularly in the context of climate change – and the impacts achieved jointly by ICARDA and its research partners.
The conference participants signed the Amman Declaration, pledging to enhance food security and reduce farmers’ vulnerability to climate change. The declaration included a range of specific actions covering natural resource management, food production systems, policies and institutions, energy and regional initiatives – notably the formation of an international network to enhance food security and counter the effects of climate change in dry areas.
The Amman Declaration concludes: “ We, the participants of the Amman Conference, pledge to work together with farming and livestock communities to adapt and cope with the effects of climate change towards enhancing food security… We appeal to the scientific community, policy makers and the donor community, as well as national, regional and international organizations, to give priority in their research, investments and activities, towards enhancing food security and coping with climate change implications in dry areas… We request ICARDA to coordinate implementation of the declaration.”

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