International conference on Food Security in Dry lands closes with Doha declaration
- Qatar: Saturday, November 17 - 2012 at 10:01
- PRESS RELEASE
Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the two day International Conference on Food Security in Dry Lands (FSDL) drew to a close this evening. Programme included a Ministerial Dialogue with the participation of 13 Ministers. Two sessions were held to focus on the Energy-Water-Food Nexus and Financing Dry Land Agriculture and Food Production.
The Declaration calls for increased allocations of national expenditure through agriculture and food production. The Support of Qatar's initiative at national, regional and international levels to establish a Global Dry Land Alliance (GDLA) was also acknowledged and the need to Establish a permanent secretariat for the FSDL under the Qatar National Food Security Programme, to support and enhance food security in dry lands, in partnership with governments, multilateral organizations, business, research and academic institutions was also brought to the table.
Therefore, the ministers present at the dialogue earnestly called for the "Creation a mechanism using reliable indicators to monitor and evaluate the implementation of this declaration, in close collaboration with FAO and AWC."
Further, it was highlighted that a need exists to "Establish, with the support of FAO, the World Bank, UNESCO and others, an information system in the field of agricultural production for food security and the trading of commodities between markets and countries in dry lands and Establish and enhance Early Warning Systems at national and regional levels to minimize the negative impacts of droughts, floods, desertification, and pests."
The Conference concluded with a presentation and adoption of the 'Doha Declaration', which reflects the consensus of delegates on the necessary actions to combat food and water insecurity in the dry lands. It will be the action plan to inform and steer national and regional food security programmes.
Presenting the Declaration to the gathering, the Chairperson of the drafting committee, H.E. Salah Abdel Moumen, Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, Egypt, called for the spirit of collaboration and cooperation experienced at the conference to continue beyond.
Speaking at the closing of the Conference, Executive Director of the Global Dry Land Alliance GDLA Ambassador Bader Al Dafa underlined that the conference and its Doha Declaration will enhance the ongoing efforts to establish the GDLA. H.E. Miguel Moratinos, Co-Chair of the drafting committee, reminded delegates that the conclusions of the FSDL Conference and the recommendations from the Ministerial dialogue, in particular, could now be held up against the discussions on agriculture at the COP 18 to ensure that the desired negotiated outcomes are secured.
The Doha Declaration supports climate change goals and calls for responsible investment and financing of agricultural adaptation measures necessitated by climate change. In his closing address, QNFSP Executive Chairperson, Fahad Al-Attiya, reaffirmed that the Global Dry Alliance (GDLA) would continue to work tirelessly and with renewed focus until its ultimate goal of eradication food insecurity would become a reality.
He highlighted, "This Qatar-led initiative will continue its aims to foster and strengthen a platform for collaboration among dry land countries working to overcome the challenges of food and water insecurity by collectively harnessing their science, technology and finance capabilities."
A copy of the Doha Declaration will be available on the official conference website shortly.
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