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Union of Arab Chambers: Food security is still a major future concern in the Arab world

 66% of the fresh water is shared with countries outside the Arab region

 86% of the agricultural consumption of available fresh water resources

Dr. Khaled Hanafi, Secretary of the Union of Arab Chambers, stressed that improving and enhancing the efficiency of food systems constitutes one of the most important axes of the work of the Union of Arab Chambers and its members from the Arab Chambers to encourage the private sector to invest in improving food systems, Arab food security and the transition towards a green economy, especially to face challenges. The environmental and climatic conditions facing the Arab region, especially water scarcity, the deterioration of arable lands, and the expansion of desertification.


Hanafy added, during a speech he delivered at the high-level dialogue held remotely organized by "FAO" on transforming agro-food systems to achieve sustainable development goals, that this comes by focusing on adopting sustainable agricultural patterns, smart farming methods and techniques, and technologies. offered by the Fourth Industrial Revolution.


Hanafy pointed to the cross-border risks from the upstream countries of surface water resources that violate international laws related to the management of these resources, throwing them off the wall, threatening social, food and living security, especially since 66% of fresh water is shared resources with countries outside the Arab region.


He believed that food security remains a major future concern in the Arab world, where the physical and economic productivity of natural resources is relatively low, while food waste reaches one third of what is available, and there is great waste within the food chain, especially in distribution. As for the waste of fresh water, it is concentrated in agriculture, which consumes about 86% of the available resources.


He said: The region is still greatly affected by the fluctuations of global food markets, especially since all Arab countries are considered net food importers and depend to a large extent on imports to secure their basic food needs, while expectations indicate a continued rise in food prices in the future.


Hanafi stressed that the role of the Federation of Arab Chambers includes absorbing young energies through the program to support entrepreneurship projects, and to this end, the Federation launched the second edition of the Arab Rally competition to reward and support innovative projects in May 2021, after it organized the first edition in Bahrain in 2019, and focused on many Innovations and inventions that won in the field of sustainable agricultural innovations.