Jordan, FAO discuss cooperation, food security

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AMMAN — Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Nasser Al-Shraideh discussed with a visiting official from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) closer cooperation with the global agency and the Kingdom’s food security, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

Shraideh met Tuesday with Abdulhakim Elwaer, FAO assistant director-general and regional representative for the Near East and North Africa; according to a ministry statement, the meeting, which was attended by FAO Representative in Jordan Nabil Al-Assaf, addressed bilateral and multilateral cooperation in agriculture and food security, as well as other matters of mutual interest.

Shraideh emphasized that food security is a top priority for the Jordanian government, particularly as the country aspires to become a regional food hub by leveraging its geographical location, security, and stability.

In light of the challenges posed to food security and supply chains by the Syrian refugee crisis, the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, and the climate change, Shraideh called for regional cooperation in the food sector and support for the Jordanian government’s efforts to achieve food security.

Expressing appreciation for the FAO’s partnership, the minister said the organization should harness local expertise to support Jordan’s efforts in the food sector, particularly in light of the challenges that the country and the world face.

Elwaer said that the organization is leading international efforts to end hunger and is helping countries achieve food security by developing and modernizing their food and agricultural systems.

He said that the organization is ready to help Jordan and other countries in the region work together, especially in the area of sharing information and experience.

In Jordan, the FAO’s work and projects are focused on agriculture and food security, and include technology transfer, technical assistance, and building the capacity of farmers and agricultural workers.

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