Islamic Organization for Food Security, Salaam Gateway sign collaboration agreement to drive awareness

03 March 2021
Photo: Yerlan Baidaulet, Director General of slamic Organization for Food Security (IOFS) and Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar, CEO of Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC)

Dubai, February 28th, 2021 – The Islamic Organization for Food Security (IOFS), a multilateral body of the OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation), signed a collaboration agreement with Dubai-based Salaam Gateway, the largest Islamic economy business news and insights media platform, to promote a series of food security awareness initiatives across the global halal industry.

The collaboration agreement was signed by His Excellency Yerlan Baidaulet, Director General of IOFS and Rafiuddin Shikoh, CEO and Managing Director of DinarStandard, strategic partners of DIEDC, in the presence of Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar, CEO of Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC), and Sheikh Bilal Khan, the Director General and CEO of the International Islamic Food Processing Association (IFPA), the private-sector engagement arm of IOFS.

His Excellency Yerlan Baidaulet said: “Many of the developed OIC economies are highly food import dependent, with an estimated net food trade deficit of US$65 billion in 2019. On the other hand, among the least developed members of the OIC, there is also acute food malnutrition and hunger affecting 64.8 million people in 2018. Given these variations, our collaboration with SalaamGateway is critical in building awareness across OIC countries’ food security stakeholders: government agencies, corporates, investors and other ecosystem players, of both the challenges and practical solutions to these challenges.”

For his part, Rafiuddin Shikoh said: “Coupled with DinarStandard’s research-based insights, SalaamGateway’s reach positions it as an ideal platform to drive the food security awareness initiatives. With feature news on the halal industry, Islamic finance, and the Islamic lifestyle, the portal has become a credible source for news and updates in the Islamic economy field across markets.”

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