Doha, November 14 (QNA) – Despite the international bids to confront the food insecurity problem, world food demand is going to rise by 70% over the next thirty years, Chairman of Administrative Control and Transparency Authority (ACTA), HE Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah said Wednesday.
In a keynote speech he delivered on the inauguration of the International Conference on Food Security in Dry Lands (FSDL) in Doha Wednesday, HE Al Attiyah said that this conference comes to complete the international efforts carried out to face the food insecurities problem that threatens around 51 countries embracing one thirds of the world’s population. HE the ACTA chairman stressed this problem as being the most crucial human security issue nowadays.
Securing food is indeed one of the most hard-hit issues by the world’s economic crisis and the anticipated rise of food prices due to the droughts that is striking various regions around the globe, he said.
HE Al-Attiyah urged all communities to secure food demands for their peoples stressing meantime the importance of finding “radical, perpetual solutions” to this issue to guarantee basic human needs to live with dignity.
He also called for boosting international and regional cooperation to confront famine and poverty pointing out to the scarce water supply the drought-hit areas run on to cultivate 44% of the world’s agricultural lands and maintain half of the world’s livestock.
HE chairman of Qatar’s Administrative Control and Transparency Authority Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah stressed that given this data, there should be more efforts to promote food security sectors, increase agricultural inputs, enhance the level of productivity, and expand the capacity of food production.
He referred to the region’s food crisis in the forties of the last century when food supply lines were affected by World War II, which led to the death of thousands of people. He further said that despite Qatar’s high per capita income, its food economy, like any other dry area, faces numerous challenges such as lack of water and scarcity of arable land.
He noted that Qatar established the Qatar National Food Security Program (QNFSP) under the patronage of HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and HH the Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, in order to develop a comprehensive strategy for the formulation of national policies and technical solutions to address these problems. The Qatari official stressed that by 2014, the program will have completed a comprehensive plan for food security for 2014-2024.
Al Attiyah said that due to similarity in food security challenges in other world countries, Qatar has launched the initiative of Global Dry Land Alliance (GDLA) to serve as an umbrella for joint work between these countries so as to find innovative solutions for the problem and help each other during times of crises. Several countries welcomed the initiative and the UN secretary general along with concerned international organizations supported it, Al Attiyah said.
HE noted that Qatar will host the Climate Change Conference (COP18) later this month, which will discuss the impact of climate change on food security. (END)