Jordan among top regional countries for grain reserves — FAO official

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AMMAN — Jordan has been “among the best countries" in the Middle East in terms of securing and stockpiling grain reserves amid the Ukrainian grain crisis, said the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Jordan representative, Nabil Assaf, on Thursday.اضافة اعلان

Speaking during an FAO-organized training workshop at the Dead Sea, held under the theme "Improving agricultural research for development and strengthening institutional linkages between actors in the national agricultural research systems in Jordan", Assaf said Jordan has been a “pioneer" in drafting a national strategy for food security and launching a higher food security council.

Many countries, he said, have endeavored to follow the Kingdom’s example in this regard, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

Food and energy security challenges are "increasing", especially as world goes through a transition phase in the agricultural sector as the global population grows exponentially towards an expected 10 billion in 2050, requiring the integration of technology, research, and innovation after a needs evaluation, Assaf said.

During the workshop, the FAO’s Rome director of agricultural innovation, Atef Sweilem, called for further support of scientific research in the field, adding that research institutions' linkages are still "weak and undirected". He also stressed need to adopt a national development policy for agricultural research that focuses on integrated roles.

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