The prospects of cooperation on food security in the CICA area were discussed over the course of an online conference on “Food Security in Asia: Prospects of Cooperation in the Framework of CICA” held on September 15, 2021.
While opening the conference, Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan Mr Rustem Kurmanov stressed the pressing need for the stabilization of food markets in times of the COVID-19 pandemic and the extreme climatic conditions affecting a great number of Asian states.
Federal Minister for Food Security and Research Mr Syed Fakhar Imam presented the audience with Pakistan’s National Food Security Policy, shared the achievements of Pakistan in the sector of agriculture, in particular, in the production of staple foods, and expressed his gratitude to CICA for holding such a relevant event. Minister Imam emphasized the critical need for providing food assistance to the poorest countries in Asia, which are now facing acute levels of food insecurity.
Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries of India Mrs Reema Prakash noted that the consolidation of efforts of the CICA Members should contribute to the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals in reduction and eradication of poverty.
The conference was attended by the representatives from the Academy of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of China, Islamic Organization for Food Security, Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and the participants from Bangladesh, Egypt, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Thailand and Turkey.
The conference was organized as part of Kazakhstan’s Chairmanship in CICA by the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan in coordination with the CICA Secretariat.