On 30 June 2023, the IOFS delegation led by the Director General of the Islamic Organization for Food Security, His Excellency Prof. Yerlan Alimzhanuly Baidaulet attends the meeting of the Presidium of Kazakhstan’s Agriculture Academy in Almaty, Kazakhstan that aimed at fostering cooperation and partnership in the field of agricultural science and private sector collaboration.
The first and foremost, the Director General of IOFS was received by the esteemed President of the Kazakhstan's Academy of Agricultural Sciences, His Excellency Academician Tlektes Issabaiuly Yespolov for the meeting with the Presidium of Members of the Academy. Kazakhstan's Academy of Agricultural Sciences is renowned for its distinguished roster of over 260 professors and academicians specializing in various agricultural disciplines. President Yespolov provided a comprehensive introduction to the Academy, highlighting its expertise and its potential role as the coordinating body for agricultural science establishments in Kazakhstan. The Academy Presidium’ Members made speeches emphasizing the Academy's commitment to serving as a catalyst for agricultural research innovations and fostering collaborations with international partners.
The Director General of IOFS expressed appreciation and noted in leveraging the Academy's vast knowledge base and collaborative platform to enhance agricultural development within the OIC Member States. Furthermore, H.E. Yerlan Baidaulet delivered a speech emphasizing the significance of agricultural science and importance of active participation from the scientific community in OIC Member States in implementing agricultural projects. In addition, considering the importance of a platform for scientific collaboration between OIC Member States and its potential for innovation, research, and development in the field of agriculture, the IOFS shared commitment to establishing the Association of Agricultural Academies (AAA) among OIC Member States, with the Kazakhstan's Academy playing a crucial role as the coordinating body.
During the meeting, the IOFS Director General highlighted the current challenges of food insecurity worldwide, including in the hosting country. The aforementioned Association aims to facilitate collaboration, foster innovation, and promote the exchange of expertise and best practices among agricultural academicians within the OIC MS.This initiative, previously conceptualized by IOFS, aims to facilitate collaboration and knowledge sharing among OIC Member States in the field of agricultural science.
Furthermore, both parties discussed potential areas of cooperation, including facilitation of joint research projects, knowledge exchange programs, and capacity-building initiatives aimed at improving agricultural productivity and resilience.