The IOFS Program “Food Security Governance” had the unanimous support of member states within the 3rd General Assembly meeting of IOFS on 2-3 December 2020 in Ankara, Turkey, as well as further emphasized its implementation within the 4th General Assembly meeting of IOFS on 8-9 September 2021 in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
By implementing this program, IOFS is intended to:
- to build platforms and establish networks for exchange and accumulation of the OIC experience in food security governance;
- to facilitate the share of best OIC and international practices with all Member States;
- to assist the Member States in developing coherent policy frameworks and resilient inter-sectoral government systems to ensure the sustainable food systems of each country in the OIC region.
The Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (COMCEC) published the Report on “Good Governance for ensuring food security and nutrition in OIC Member States” in 2020. The conclusions of this study highlighted the importance of the role of IOFS in assisting member states building resilient food systems and implementing various activities in food security governance.
On 14 July 2021, the IOFS Secretariat in cooperation with OIC General Secretariat, UN Food Systems Summit, esteemed Member States and international organizations conducted the International Conference on "Best Practices for Building Sustainable Food Systems in the OIC Region”, as the Inter-regional Dialogue of South-South Cooperation. This event succeeded to bring over 200 top food system governance beneficiaries from 63 states, representing governmental authorities, international and regional organizations, research entities, academia, private sector, and civil society. Within this Conference, various best OIC and international practices were shared with OIC Member States on food security governance, the government’s role in ensuring food supply chains, and the state's support to local farming and the use of smart technology in agriculture.
Also, on 22 December 2021, the IOFS Secretariat organized the online International Workshop on “OIC Country Experience in Food Security Governance for Strengthening South-South Cooperation” for more than 70 representatives of government agencies of OIC member states. The Workshop provided a great platform for presenting country experience in food security governance, namely best practices of Bangladesh, Qatar, Pakistan, UAE and outcomes of the publication of COMCEC on Good Governance for Ensuring Food Security and Nutrition in the OIC Member Countries. These presentations gave an overview of Food Security Strategies in member states and shared recommendations for their application in other countries. The event also received the feedback from participants regarding the organization of capacity-building training workshops with focus on “Strategic Planning and Policy Development in Food Security” in 2022 for concerned government specialists.
As such, the IOFS Secretariat in cooperation with the UAE Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority conducts the kick-off training titled “Regional training workshop on strategic planning and policy development in food security” on 24-25 May 2022 in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
The key objective of the training is to build the capacity of government officials of OIC member states on basics and practices on strategy development, legislation improvement, creation of government inter-sectoral mechanisms (high-level council/commission) on food security. The event will be enriched by the experience of particular OIC countries in governing food security, the international good practices from IFPRI, Sustainable Food Systems of Ireland and other stakeholders, as well as discussions and group exercises for practicing the gained knowledge/experience.
The target group of training workshop participants will include representatives of government authorities of OIC member states that are involved in the development of policy frameworks and strategies in food security, such as legislators, strategy developers, policy analysts, program planners.
Member States to participate:
ASIA: Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Maldives, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan.
MIDDLE EAST (Arab countries): Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Yemen.
TRAINING WORKSHOP DETAILS
Date / Duration: 24-25 May 2022 / 2 days
Venue: Abu Dhabi, UAE
Format: In-person, with possibility of extension to online participation upon requests of member countries
For online participation, please follow the link to register in advance:
To join the Forum, please follow the link:
Focal point: For more information about this workshop, please contact:
Mr. Bakytzhan Arystanbek
Programmes and Projects Office
Islamic Organization for Food Security
55/21, Mangilik Yel Ave. AIFC, Unit 4, C4.2,
Mobile/Whatsapp: +7 701 881 2532
Office: +7 7172 99-99-00