Qatar's resilient food system can withstand supply disruption: Minister said in Qatar Food Systems National Dialogue summit
12 August 2021, 12:00 AM
31 August 2021, 12:00 AM
Qatar Food Systems National Dialogue, organised by the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, kicked off on Tuesday.
This is held within the framework of the preparation for the UN Food Systems Summit 2021 that will be held in September with the participation of leaders of the member states of the United Nations.
The two-day dialogue will review aspects of developing food systems and ways to overcome challenges and obstacles, in accordance with the objectives of the United Nations. This will provide an opportunity to all stakeholders in food systems, including consumers, producers, wholesalers and retailers, researchers, students and policy makers, to discuss and develop the food system in the State of Qatar.
Minister of Municipality and Environment and Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs HE Dr Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Subaie underlined that Qatar has made great strides in making its food system more flexible to face any supply disruptions or price hikes, noting in this regard the efforts made to increase local production and build a strategic stockpile covering six months of basic commodities.
He said Qatar also diversified the sources of international trade through various alternative methods and improving local markets and logistics services, giving the fact that food security is a national security issue that has been successfully dealt with.
For his part, Director of Food Security Department at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment and National Coordinator of the UN Food Systems Summit 2021 Dr Masoud Jarallah Al Marri said that the summit will tackle topics like climate change, pandemics, diseases related to food systems, the negative impacts of the current food production methods, and sustainability of food production systems.