On September 3, the Director-General of Islamic Organisation for Food Security (IOFS) H.E. Mr. Yerlan A. Baidaulet had another working day during the 46th Annual Meetings of IsDB Group in Tashkent.

 Herewith, after negotiations with esteemed delegates of the Republic Niger, the Memorandum of Understanding on Institutional Cooperation was signed between IOFS and The High Authority of Waqf in Niger (HAWAQF). Signatory from HAWAQF side was H.E. Abdou Rabiou, Minister of Planning and IsDB Governor for Niger. This MoU focused on 4 projects in the context of the environment, capacity building of farmers in the field of irrigation and animal husbandry.

Thereafter another meeting took place with the representatives of IsDB, namely with Mr. Amer Bukvic, Chief Products & Partnerships Officer and Mr. Nedzad Ajanovic, Senior Executive Coordinator. The parties discussed implementation of Plan of action within MoU with IsDB Group (which was signed in November 2019). IOFS Director General emphasized for IsDB support the topics of Centers of Excellence and technical capacities of member states in regards to the selected strategic commodities. With respect to the development of gene banks in OIC member states, IOFS would to continue to carry out its activities as outlined in the IOFS Vision. In addition, IOFS plans to work closely with private sectors of its member countries through IFPA, developing their agricultural potential and creating a unified halal market.

Furthermore, the Director General of IOFS held a long meeting with representatives of Lives and Livelihoods Fund of IsDB, namely with the Acting Head, Mr. Hatem Elbakkali and Mr. Mohammed Umer Mir, Senior Advisor. Both parties agreed to work closely on joint projects to combat poverty, malnutrition and food security in less developed countries (33) in cooperation with Donors and Investment Funds, as well as, through IOFS Program “Flour for Humanity”.

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