The Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture, Eng. Abdul Rahman Al-Fadhli, called on the international community to take a serious stand to prevent the food crisis from getting worse, and to enact laws that contribute to obtaining safe and nutritious food, especially since the world today is living in exceptional circumstances due to the global negative effects of the Corona pandemic (Covid 19) At all levels, especially the food and agricultural sector, according to SPA.
He stressed on the occasion of the ministry’s celebration of the “40th World Food Day”, which falls on October 16 of each year under the title “Together we grow, nourish, and maintain sustainability … our actions are our future”, in conjunction with the global celebration of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. FAO, the international community should seize this opportunity to work to deliver food to the poorest and most vulnerable segments of the population in the developing countries, which are most affected by the pandemic and the economic impacts arising from it.
Al-Fadhli indicated that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and within the global efforts, is moving forward to achieve the goal of sustainable development (2030), which is the elimination of hunger, in line with its humanitarian, moral and religious duty, pointing to the unprecedented efforts and the huge aid that it has provided and is still providing by the Kingdom’s government to fight hunger Reducing poverty and supporting refugees around the world, through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, which is one of the most important arms of the Kingdom in assisting brotherly and friendly stricken peoples.
He stressed that the Kingdom’s government attaches great importance to achieving comprehensive food security, as the implementation of the National Food Security Strategy in the Kingdom has been approved and started, which succeeded, after God’s grace and with cooperation between the government and private sectors, to overcome the disruption in supply chains that affected global food supplies, which is What was evident during the Corona pandemic (Covid 19), as the government takes care and attention to the agricultural sector and its workers through enacting policies, regulations and preparing strategies that support small farmers and livestock keepers in rural areas, with the aim of increasing and diversifying agricultural production, and achieving sustainability and self-sufficiency, And poverty alleviation.