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Jordan has responded to food-related risks — FAO

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AMMAN — Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for the Near East and North Africa Abdul Hakim Elwaer on Wednesday warned that the acute food insecurity is likely to deteriorate further due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

Elwaer said that the war has had a significant impact on the global supply chain, causing currency fluctuations, fuel cost increases, impeding the flow of goods, and creating food shortages around the world.

“Many Western countries are adopting austerity measures in a proactive step to avert the global food security crisis, mainly as a response to the increase of food prices imposed by the corona pandemic, the Russian-Ukrainian war, and the global economic recession,” he added.

At the same time, the rise in food prices may have a positive impact on the food security equation when it comes to food wastage, he said, indicating that when food becomes of great value, individuals do not overuse it.

As for the situation in the Arab world, the FAO official noted that the Arab region consists of mainly arid, semi-arid, and dry areas, with limited water resources and arable lands, not to mention climate change and its consequences, such as reduced precipitation, increasing temperatures, and severe droughts.

“These consequences exacerbated the challenges related to water scarcity and low soil productivity, and in turn increased concerns about regional food security,” he added.

Elwaer also talked about Jordan’s experience in food security and climate change, noting that despite the lack of resources and being the country with the second-highest number of refugees per capita, the Kingdom managed to remain resilient to food-related risks by launching a National Plan for Sustainable Agriculture.

“Jordan has also launched a food security dashboard, to follow up indicators and monitor food security situations internationally, regionally and locally, and thus take the necessary measures for a rapid response,” he said, indicating that FAO collects and disseminates timely and reliable food and agricultural statistics globally, to develop policies and strategies and avoid crises in the short, medium, and long term.

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