Food security in the Arab region

April 22, 2012 at 5:28 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

2nd Steering Committee meeting of the food security project, 17 March, Tunis

The project Steering Committee: decision makers pledge support to scale up operations next season

After a successful first year, the project Enhancing food security in Arab countries has finalized workplans and budgets for the next cropping season. The ICARDA-led project targets smallholder farming systems in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Sudan, Syria and Tunisia. It is supported by the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, the Islamic Development Bank, the Kuwait Fund and the OPEC Fund for International Development.Project teams have made rapid progress, not only in research but also in dissemination and training. Partner countries are building on the project model, expanding technology transfer at different levels and using different methods. For example in Egypt, project work in the Sharkia governorate is being used as a model for large-scale, government-funded programs across the country. In Tunisia, the Institut National des Grandes Cultures is mobilizing its own funds to scale up project operations.

H.E. Habib Jomli, Tunisia’s Secretary of State for Agriculture, said: “Agricultural development and food security are concerns shared by all countries in the region. This project is yet another example of ICARDA’s ability to coordinate regional partnerships, providing a platform where countries can share research responsibilities, information and skills.”

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