Arab ministers: Agricultural integration a Food Security Lifeline

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AMMAN — Arab Agriculture Ministers said Tuesday that agricultural integration among regional countries guarantees the flow of produce at a lower cost, and is a lifeline from the food security crisis that threatened the whole world and the Arab region in particular, according to the Jordan New Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

Concluding their meetings in Amman, the ministers said in interviews with Petra that the Arab region is the most susceptible to food security crises in the wake of recent droughts and the fallout from climate change.

The ministers said Jordan is a safe haven, in political and security terms, in the midst of a volatile region, as Royal efforts took the lead in sensing the food security crisis, and the Kingdom was a key mediator to ward off regional conflicts and ensure sustainable food supplies to Arab people.

Lebanese Minister of Agriculture Abbas Hajj Hassan explained that available supplies in the market are not enough to achieve food security, but buying commodities at affordable prices is necessary in this respect.

He said food security faltered and prices doubled as a result of the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Syrian Agriculture Minister Mohhammad Qatana warned that the food security crisis will worsen if Arab countries do not cooperate on agricultural integration, noting that political crises that afflicted the region have directly impacted the flow of goods.

He pointed to climate change as a key challenge to achieving food security in the Arab world, referring to severe droughts that some countries have experienced recently.

Iraqi Minister of Agriculture Mohammad Karim Khafaji stressed the importance of meetings, led by Jordan, to chart a road map to overcome the threat to food and water security in the region and its repercussions on societal security.

Minister of Agriculture Khaled Hneifat said Jordan has early on rang the alarm bell on the food security challenge, adopting and implementing a comprehensive food security strategy in cooperation with UN organizations.

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