05 March 2022
On March 05, 2022 Director General of Islamic Organization for Food Security, H.E. Mr. Yerlan Baidaulet held a bilateral working meeting with the Chairman of the IOFS General Assembly, Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan H.E. Mr. Yerbol Karashukeyev.

The IOFS Director General provided an overview of the key value proposition of IOFS, emphasizing Strategic Framework and IOFS Strategy 2031 activities. During the meeting IOFS humanitarian programs and Afghanistan Food Security Programme (AFSP) were considered, parties discussed possible areas of feasible steps in advancing core aspects of the AFSP.

Subsequently, officials reviewed several areas that enable the mutual interest and opportunities for joint cooperation, particularly in Sheep Farming Fund project, that aimed to transform the sheep industry into an efficient and sustainable industrial sector.

In addition, the Director General along with the programmes discussed about Regional Food Security Reserve initiative with Humanitarian focus on Afghanistan and establishing the Grain Fund in 2022. These programs set to accelerate a sustainable OIC-wide food security mechanism that create long-term system of achieving the main objectives to reduce Member states’ vulnerability to global food crisis.

H.E. Mr. Yerbol Karashukeyev expressed willingness in establishing a fruitful engagement with IOFS for mutually-beneficial outcomes and to provide extensive support for IOFS’s programs to ensure food security programs with an intra-OIC harmonized and seamless approach.

The Ministry under Kazakhstan’s Chairmanship of the General Assembly and the IOFS expressed their strong commitment to developing a collaboration by signing a Joint Action Plan. A comprehensive plan is aiming to prioritize mutual activities in implementing 4th IOFS General Assembly goals through vital interaction between the Ministry and IOFS Secretariat.

The parties agreed to continue their mutual discussions to exactly define the framework of further actions during regular meetings and to monitor fulfillment and outcomes of joint activities.

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