Tuesday, 25 July 2017 09:35

Food security training for the Iraqi National Food Security Committee

Baghdad 18 July 2017: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Iraq, in collaboration with the Regional Food Security Analysis Network (RFSAN), held a three-day training for the Iraqi National Food Security Committee from 16 to 18 July in Baghdad.

The training focused on strengthening the members’ understanding of food security concepts, main approaches, methodologies, survey instruments and indicators for measuring food insecurity in Iraq. In addition to food security, the training covered theory and practice of national early warning systems and its implications for future needs in capacity development.

In his opening remarks, Dr. Fadel El-Zubi FAO Representative in Iraq welcomed the participants from the Iraqi National food Security Committee and experts from RFSAN. He said that the committee is in its advanced stage of approval by the Prime Minister’s Secretariat in February of this year to discuss and recommend actions on how best to achieve food security at the national level. Dr. El-Zubi highlighted the role of the civil society organizations as well as the private sector that also play an important role in the achievement of food security and nutrition by all.

Dr. Hussein Ali Saud, Ministry of Agriculture Adviser for animal resources activity noted, “FAO is our main partner in the ministry and we appreciate its continuous efforts to accomplish an integrated food security system in Iraq. The establishment of the Food Security Committee in Iraq is a significant step for future sustainable development in food security. I hope that this training workshop will create a better understanding of food security concepts and build the essential skills for the members.”

Mr. Rene Verduijn, FAO Chief Technical Advisor of RFSAN, provided an overview of RFSAN’s training objectives and stated that with the recent developments in Mosul and acknowledging the immediate needs of a large number of IDPs in the country, it seems the country is closer to entering a reconstruction phase.

“The establishment of the Iraqi National Food Security Committee comes therefore at an opportune time. Inter-ministerial cooperation is required to achieve food security at the national level, particularly given the constraints facing the country, but it also requires participation from international, national and subnational partners. FAO is pleased to be part of this process, working on concrete steps towards achieving food security and nutrition for all,” said Mr. Verduijn.

Following the training and consultations, participants agreed on several recommendations, including the drafting of a road map for further capacity development, strengthening of food security monitoring and information management, and the drafting of a new food security policy, all of which require financial support.

A partnership between FAO and iMMAP, RFSAN provides technical support in identified priority areas of food security information and early warning systems and delivers consensus-based food security and nutrition data to support humanitarian and resilience-based programming in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.

For more information, please contact:

FAO Communication Officer Mowaffaq Al-Refai
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