Regional Multi-stakeholder Workshop on Food Security and Nutrition to be Held in Khartoum

FAO Regional Office for the Near East in collaboration with the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) is organizing a Regional Multi-Stakeholder workshop on Food Security and Nutrition, in Khartoum, Sudan during 17 – 18 September 2012.

The workshop is organised as a follow-up to a recommendation made by the 31st Session of the FAO Regional Conference for the Near East (NERC31) held in Rome, Italy from 14 to 18 May, 2012, which called for identifying food security and nutrition priorities in the region to be presented at the 39th Session of CFS from 15 – 20 October 2012.

The Multi-Stakeholder workshop aims to bring together experts and policy makers from 20 countries in the region as well as representatives from UN agencies, donor countries, regional organizations, civil society organizations, research institutions and the private sector. The food security and nutrition challenges facing the region will be discussed and actionable recommendations will be identified.

The workshop will include four policy round tables on the following topics: (i) Regional priorities for food security and nutrition in the context of on-going social and political transition in the region; (ii) Social protection for food security; (iii) Food security and climate change and (iv) Food waste and losses.

Expected Outputs:

•    Define regional priority issues for food security and nutrition in the context of the ongoing social and political transition;

•    Assess policy options related to the two policy round table topics of the CFS 39th Session (Social protection for food security and Food Security and Climate Change);

•    Discuss issues of food losses and food waste and their impact on the food security and nutrition situation in the region;

•    Recommend actions agreed at regional level towards the implementation of improved policies.

About 80 delegates will participate with 40 representatives from 20 countries (Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, occupied Palestinian territories, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen). UN agencies, NGOs, farmers organizations, representatives of international financial institutions, regional institutions, agricultural research institutions, private sector and philanthropic foundations will also participate.

The workshop is open for media.

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) – Press release – 6 September 2012