During the Food Crises Response discussion session, on 25 September 2022 in Amman, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, His Excellency Mr. Yerlan Baidaulet, Director General of the Islamic Organization for Food Security (IOFS) encouraged international and regional organizations to work together to improve food security and reduce duplication of effort.
In his address, the Director General emphasized the importance of linking agricultural and scientific research through the Agricultural Research Center. He also stressed that cooperation in addressing the challenges of food insecurity in the Middle East could be seen within the five pillars of the IOFS 2031 Strategic Vision (Governance Enablement, Food Crisis Response, Capacity building, Industry development, and Resource Mobilization).
On the sidelines of the event, the Director General met with the Minister of agriculture in the Republic of Lebanon His Excellency Dr. Abbas Hajj Hassan, where the both parties agreed to strengthening bilateral cooperation.
Another sideline meeting was with H.E. Mr. AbdulHakim Elwaer, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for the Near East and North Africa, and his Deputy Mr. Serge Nakouzi.
Besides, the IOFS Director General was interviewed by several local and international mass-media to emphasize intra-Arab and intra-OIC cooperation in areas related to food security solutions.