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Jordan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon discuss means to boost food security


The agriculture ministers of Jordan, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon
convened in Amman on Sunday to discuss means to boost food
security, Trend
reports citing Xinhua.

During the meeting, Jordan’s Agriculture Minister Khaled
Hanaifat highlighted the magnitude of challenges facing countries
in the region, including climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic, the
Ukrainian crisis, inflation, and the rise in oil price, according
to a statement by the ministry.

Being aware of these challenges, Jordan has set out a
comprehensive strategy for food security in cooperation with UN
organizations, the minister said at the start of the two-day
meeting.

Lauding the World Food Programme’s endeavor to establish a
regional center for relief and emergency, Hanaifat voiced Jordan’s
willingness to serve as headquarters for this center.

Syrian Agriculture Minister Muhammad Qatna noted in his speech
that increased cooperation will bolster the participating
countries’ ability to deal with global crises.

“Amidst current global turmoil, it is a key national interest of
our four countries to focus on steps that would bring stability and
food security by facilitating the flow of commodities and
information,” Qatna added.

Lebanese Agriculture Minister Abbas Haj Hassan described the
meeting as “a model for a united Arab partnership,” stressing the
need for increased cooperation.

Iraqi Agriculture Minister Muhammad Khafaji underlined the
significance of food security to political and economic stability,
highlighting the role of such meetings in addressing the regional
threats to food and water security.

The minister also called for a unified agricultural calendar to
reduce production costs of fertilizers, pesticides and vaccines,
among others.


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