Our History


-June 8, 2011: The need for a specialized food security entity within the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) was announced during the 7th session of the World Islamic Economic Forum in Astana, Kazakhstan.

-June 11-12, 2013: The name "Islamic Organization for Food Security" (IOFS) and the statute of the specialized institution of the OIC were formulated at the Intergovernmental Meeting of Experts of the OIC member states.

December 9-11, 2013: 19 OIC member states signed the IOFS Statute during the 40th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) in Conakry, Guinea, becoming official members of the IOFS.

-April 26-28, 2016: The Inaugural session of the IOFS General Assembly was held in conjunction with the 7th Ministerial Conference on Food Security and Agricultural Development in Astana, Kazakhstan, electing Kazakhstan as Chair of the IOFS General Assembly.

-August 27-29, 2019: The Second General Assembly of the IOFS took place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, with Saudi Arabia elected as Chair of the General Assembly.

-December 2-3, 2020: The Third General Assembly was held online in Ankara, Turkey, where all 16 strategic programs of the IOFS were approved by Member States.

-September 8-9, 2021: The Fourth General Assembly was held online in Astana, Kazakhstan, discussing Membership, International Cooperation, Financial and Governance matters, and adopting the Strategic Vision of IOFS 2031 (10 Years Strategy).

-October 10-11, 2022: The Fifth Session of the General Assembly took place in Tunis, Tunisia, with the theme "Partnerships for Sustainable Food Security: Africa within OIC Geography," following the resolution to designate 2022 as the "IOFS Year of Africa."