50 percent of Jordanians are susceptible to food insecurity — UN

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AMMAN — A recent UN Policy Brief has stated that around half of Jordanians are susceptible to food insecurity, while around 3 percent of Jordanian families are currently denied food security, according to Jo24. اضافة اعلان

The policy brief entitled “Towards the Implementation of Jordan's Food Security Strategy” reaffirmed the importance of adopting a recently issued national food strategy, which will ensure the Kingdom’s transition towards sustainable food systems.

The brief also indicated that “Jordan faces significant challenges including a fragmented legislative framework, inefficient and insufficient efforts towards improving water use, dependence on imported foods and the repercussions of COVID-19 on the socio-economic conditions in the country.”

Moreover, food security stress resulting from COVID-19 has affected sustainable development efforts, stated in the 2021-2030 food security strategy, according to the brief.

Statistics indicate that around 53 percent of Jordanians are vulnerable to food insecurity, while the agriculture sector consumes more than 50 percent of available water to produce 45 percent of the countries agricultural needs. The brief also indicated that 55 percent of Jordan’s food staples are wheat and imported grains.

To enhance food security, and combat “hunger” the UN recommends increased coordination between the various stakeholders, such as forming a joint executive committee of all government institutions; one with a clear mandate under the umbrella of the prime ministry.

The UN also recommends undertaking legal and organizational reforms and setting up a food security data base to facilitate data collection and analysis of food security indicators, covering the national and sub-national levels, in addition to establishing a regional food security center.

Support to small farmers and food producers, in addition to advancing water supply technology, contributing to school nutrition and reducing food waste, were also among the UN recommendations.

The UN also cautioned against a sharp hike in commodity prices, which it said may lead to famine, particularly in light of the recent developments in Ukraine.  UN officials have warned that events in Ukraine will have repercussions on the entire world’s food security.

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