Gov’t proposes new food security unit

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AMMAN — The Legislation and Opinion Bureau proposed a draft suggesting the addition of a new specialized unit for food security within the administrative structure of the Ministry of Agriculture, Al-Mamlaka TV.اضافة اعلان

In response to the directives of His Majesty King Abdullah in August of last year, the government launched the National Food Security Strategy 2021-2030 and its implementation plan for the years 2022-2024. The National Food Security Strategy is the first strategy developed for food security in Jordan, following the directives of His Majesty, aiming to make Jordan a regional center for food security.

Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh stated that the government formed the National Committee for Food Security, chaired by the Minister of Agriculture, consisting of representatives from the public and private sectors, donors, UN organizations, and civil society organizations. The committee is responsible for overseeing the development of a comprehensive national strategy for food security, defining objectives and measurable indicators within specific time frames. The goal is also to maximize the benefits of Jordan's relative advantages, leading to the provision of safe food through local production or sufficient imports and ample reserves.

Earlier, His Majesty praised the contribution of the food industry sector to the national economy, providing direct and indirect employment opportunities and contributing to the gross domestic product (GDP). His Majesty emphasized the sector's importance in achieving food security in Jordan by 2033, emphasizing that food security is an integral part of national security.

Last October, the Minister of Agriculture Khaled Hneifat, also the chairman of the Food Security Council, chaired a meeting to review progress toward establishing the National Food Security Information System. Hneifat mentioned the formation of a technical committee to agree on the organizational structure of the National Food Security Information System and the tasks of all relevant parties.

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