Kazakhstan ready to make a significant contribution to ensuring food security of OIC countries

Food security, climate change, global crises and the need for inter-country cooperation were the main messages of the 8th Ministerial Conference of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Food Security and Agricultural Development, as well as the 6th General Assembly of the Islamic Organization for Food Security (IOFS), held on 2-3 October 2023 in Doha, Qatar. Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Serik Zhumangarin participated in the meetings of Islamic states. 

The issues of food security are becoming more and more relevant every year and are becoming a priority area of interstate cooperation. A special role in building effective cooperation is assigned to international organizations.  That is why, as a contribution to the common cause, the Republic of Kazakhstan initiated the establishment of the Islamic Food Security Organization (IFSO), the activity of which is aimed at consolidation of member countries in addressing modern challenges and problems in the field of food security. At present, 41 countries are members of IOFSO, 18 of which, including Kazakhstan, have ratified the charter of the organization.

The Kazakhstani side voiced proposals on which, in its opinion, it is necessary to concentrate attention and unite efforts of all participants of IOBP. These are development of transport and logistics infrastructure and formation of new routes for delivery of food products, increasing investment cooperation, efficient use of water resources in agriculture and active humanitarian assistance to those in need. For its part, Kazakhstan, being an active and responsible member of the OIC, one of the largest producers and exporters of ecologically clean agricultural products, is ready to make a significant contribution to addressing food security issues in the Organization.

In the same days, Serik Zhumangarin took part in the opening of the international exhibition "Ehro Doha 2023", which was the first World Horticultural Exhibition in Qatar, the Middle East and North Africa. 

The theme of the exhibition, "Green Desert, Better Environment," aims to inspire the international community to explore and adopt innovative solutions to mitigate the effects of desertification. EXPO Doha will run until March 28, 2024.

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