Jordan to host Global Land Forum

An undated photo of farmers working in Jordan. (File photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN –– Minister of Agriculture Khaled Hneifat said Saturday that Jordan will host the Ninth Global Land Forum, between May 21 and 26, with the aim of achieving the 2030 sustainable development goals and the national plan for sustainable agriculture, according to Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

“Developing agriculture, removing impediments to the sector and building all that helps to maintain food security in the Kingdom is at the centre of His Majesty King Abdullah's interests,” Hneifat told a press conference in which EU Ambassador Maria Hadjitheodosiou and CEO of SEEDS Jordan Raed Gharib also took part.

The minister named challenges facing sustainable land and water management, top of which is land and soil degradation, which pose a major threat to food security, livelihood sustainability, provision of ecosystem services and conservation of biodiversity in the region.

The minister said that food security in the Arab region faces many challenges, which requires intensification of efforts and cooperation at regional level to achieve sustainable food security.

He said that the COVID-19 pandemic, and the crises and disasters caused by climate change, show the urgent need to draw up a comprehensive strategy for the land, and for the management, governance, sustainability, and preservation of its resources.

The EU ambassador said the forum will start a discussion on sustainable effort and governance of land responsibility for Jordan, the Arab region and the world, engaging youth in global initiatives, exchanging ideas, exploring solutions and building support networks to deal with global issues and challenges facing youth access to land and protecting their lands around the world, with a special focus on Jordan.

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