Iran, FAO collaborate to establish food security hub in west Asia

(MENAFN) In a significant move aimed at bolstering food security in the West Asia region, Iran is set to engage in discussions with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Hooshang Mohammadi, Iran’s Deputy Agriculture Minister, disclosed this plan during the FAO’s 34th Executive Committee (EC) and 24th Governing Council (GC) meeting in Thailand, held from June 4-6.

Mohammadi highlighted Iran's proposal to position itself as a pivotal hub for food security in the region, leveraging its expertise and strategic location. This proposition, backed by the development of a knowledge-based food security document in Iran, seeks to address the pressing need for sustainable food systems and agricultural practices across West Asia.

In meetings with key figures such as the FAO deputy secretary-general and the director-general of the Asia-Pacific Integrated Rural Development Center (CIRDAP), Mohammadi outlined Iran's vision for regional food security. The plan entails collaboration with FAO to facilitate investments in Iran, thereby enhancing the country's technological capabilities and scientific advancements in agriculture.

Should FAO endorse Iran's proposal, the UN agency would extend support to Iran by providing technical expertise and sharing scientific insights. Additionally, Iran expresses readiness to share its wealth of experiences, research, and rural development policies with neighboring countries, contributing to the collective effort in addressing food insecurity challenges.

The Center on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP), headquartered in Bangladesh, emerges as a pivotal partner in this endeavor. Comprising member states spanning Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Iran, and others, CIRDAP plays a crucial role in promoting rural development and poverty alleviation initiatives across the region.

By fostering collaboration between Iran, FAO, and regional stakeholders through knowledge exchange and strategic investments, this initiative holds the potential to transform Iran into a beacon of food security excellence, catalyzing sustainable development efforts throughout West Asia.



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