ISLAMIC ORGANISATION FOR FOOD SECURITY IS SET TO DEEPEN REGIONAL ACTION ON FOOD SECURITY IN THE OIC REGION
The Islamic Organization for Food Security (IOFS) holds its Second General Assembly with the aim of “Promoting Islamic Solidarity through Food Security” in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on 29 August 2019. The Session is to be lead by ministers and senior officials in charge of agriculture, rural development and food security in OIC member states. Thirty-three member states of IOFS, as well as the remaining members of OIC, will be attending the General Assembly. The ministerial Session will be preceded by a two-day meeting of senior officials on 27-28 August, which will prepare the technical details of the General Assembly. The Session will be held under patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud. The agenda of the Session includes elaboration of a 5-year Action Plan, which will focus on creation of a database on the state of food security in OIC member states, and establishment of a Regional Food Security Reserve and a Grain Fund to stimulate intra-regional cooperation within the OIC space. Another key issue of the Agenda would be establishment of the IOFS Investment Program in order to increase value addition and effectiveness of activities in secondary and primary sectors of economy among member states. Considering problems associated with post-harvest losses in IOFS member states and the need to increase intra-regional investment in agro-food processing, the Session will deliver discussions on enhancement of cooperation between businesses and private sector establishments in member states, including a possibility of establishment of an Islamic Food Processing Association. In addition to the keynote address of the General Secretary of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, His Excellency, Dr. Youssef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen and briefings and presentations by ministers on national priorities of their countries, the meeting will review administrative measures, aimed at consolidating structure of the Organization. The latter include a review of a request of the Executive Board to elect a new General Director of IOFS, the Work Programme of IOFS for 2020, and Organizational Structure of the Secretariat of IOFS based in Nur-Sultan, Republic of Kazakhstan and other general and financial policies. Furthermore, the Session will review proposals of several participating research and technical institutions, such as the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), the Statistical, Economic, Social Research and Training Center for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), Islamic Center for Development of Trade (ICDT), Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (ICCIA) and Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries (SMIIC) aimed to aid regional and global development in OIC countries. The list of collaborating regional and global institutions include: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), World Food Programme (WFP), Arab Organisation for Agriculture Development (AOAD), Arab Authority for Agricultural Investment and Development (AAAID), the Permanent Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS), New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) and International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA).
The OIC Council of Foreign Ministers held in Conakry, Republic of Guinea on 11 December 2013 adopted the Statute, which created the Islamic Organization for Food Security with headquarters in Nur-Sultan, Republic of Kazakhstan. The Strategic Mission of the Organization is to provide expertise and technical know-how to its member states on various aspects of sustainable agriculture, rural development, food security, and biotechnology, including addressing problems posed by desertification, deforestation, erosion and salinity as well as providing social safety nets for the population. It is expected that more members of OIC will sign the Statute of the Organization during the General Assembly, while its resolutions will be providing a solid foundation for collaborative action in food security domain of Muslim countries in the upcoming biennium.
The Secretariat of the Islamic Organisation for Food Security Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 24 August 2019
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