On the 8th and 9th of June, the Islamic Organization for Food Security (IFOS) hosted a High-level Forum on Food Security in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The hybrid event, jointly organized by IOFS and Kazakh National Agrarian Research University's International Center for Strategic Communications, brought together representatives of more than 20 countries and attracted more than 1,000 participants. The Forum created a dynamic platform for multiple stakeholders to explore food security game-changing innovations and high-impact solutions and to engage in policy dialogue and knowledge sharing globally and across the targeted Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) geographic areas.
The opening ceremony was inaugurated with a video-recorded welcoming speech by UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, H.E. Ms. Mariam Almheiri, keynote remarks by Minister of Municipality and Environment in Qatar, H.E. Mr. Abdulla bin Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Subaie, Special Advisor to the President of the Republic of Niger, Director General of the Haute Autorité du Waqf Niger, H.E. Ms. Khadijah Diallo, Senior Special Assistant to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, H.E. Mr. Muhammed Sani Zorro, Executive Director of Women Development Organization-WDO, H.E. Dr. Afnan Alshouaiby and Director-General of IOFS, H.E. Mr. Yerlan Alimzhanuly Baidaulet.
Speakers stressed on the suffering many developing countries experience from extreme food shortages and malnutrition which requires identifying duty bearers and right holders and adopting a systems approach that considers malnutrition's interlinked and social determinants.
On the first day of the Forum, Mr. Abed Al Kareem Yehya, Food Security Program Research Assistant at FAFS, highlighted FAFS' role in educating a new generation of leaders in the MENA region and throughout the developing world by preparing graduates to address the vital issue of food security in an interdisciplinary and hands-on fashion. Mr. Yehya gave an overview of FAFS's Food Security Program that pursues a holistic approach to the many aspects of food security, including nutritional health, agricultural production, economic development, environmental sustainability, and socio-cultural considerations. Mr. Yehya also introduced FAFS' Online Food Security Graduate Diploma designed for working professionals and future leaders in food security, agricultural production, nutrition security, public policy, and development programming.
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