Islamic Organization for Food Security to Strengthen Regional Action on Food Security
The Islamic Organization for Food Security (IOFS) is set to strengthen the regional action on food security in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member countries.
The decision was agreed upon during the IOFS’ second general assembly, held today, in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The agenda of the session includes the discussion on a five-year action plan that will focus on the creation of a database on the state of food security in OIC member countries as well as the establishment of a Regional Food Security Reserve and a Grain Fund to stimulate intra-regional cooperation within OIC.
The establishment of the IOFS Investment Program was also discussed during the session, which will be used to increase the value addition and the effectiveness of activities in the secondary and primary sectors of the economy of OIC members.
The sessions also include talks on the enhancement of cooperation between businesses and private sectors of the member states to increase the intra-regional investment in agro-food processing.
The keynote address of the general assembly was given by the General Secretary of the OIC, Dr. Youssef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen.
There were also briefings by ministers of member countries, review of administrative measures to consolidate the IOFS’ structure, which includes the appointment of a new General Director of the organization, work program for 2020 and the Organization Structure of the IOFS Secretariat based in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
The IOFS was created based on the adoption of organization’s statue in December 11, 2013 during the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers held in Conakry, Republic of Guinea.
The strategic mission of the organization is to provide expertise and technical know-how to its member states on sustainable agriculture, rural development, food security and biotechnology.
The organization also helps to address issues of desertification, deforestation, erosion and salinity as well as provide social safety nets for the population of member countries.
The general assembly was attended by IOFS’ 33 member states as well as the remaining members of OIC.
The event was preceded by a two-day meeting of senior officials on August 27th and 28th.
The session was held under the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud.