Al-Soqatri participates in the high-level meeting of ministers of agriculture from 71 countries in the world in Berlin
The Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Fisheries, Salem Al-Soqatri, participated in the annual high-level ministerial meeting of ministers of agriculture in 71 countries from around the world, which was held in the German capital, Berlin. The meeting included several sessions.
During the sessions, agriculture ministers discussed the issue of food systems transformation and the global response to multiple crises, which include crisis-resistant food systems, climate-friendly food systems, biodiversity conservation and improved cooperation for sustainable global food systems.
During his participation in the discussions on establishing food systems that are resistant to crises, Minister Al-Soqtari spoke about the agricultural and food situation in Yemen, pointing to the exposure of the Yemeni people to successive shocks that affected efforts for advancement and recovery in this regard, the most prominent of which was the war that broke out 8 years ago, as well as the impact of climate change on Yemen, especially the frequent hurricanes and floods in the eastern governorates, which led to damage to the infrastructure of the agricultural and fisheries sectors, as well as the Covid-19 pandemic, and finally the Russian-Ukrainian war, which added a major crisis to our country, which imports about 46% of wheat from those two countries.--
Minister Al-Soqtari added that these crises collectively contributed negatively to the increase in cases of food insecurity for citizens until it reached 17 million people, and caused severe damage to a wide segment of the people, 68% of whom are engaged in agriculture and fishing, especially since our country has a coastline estimated at 2,500 kilos, and it is considered an agricultural country par excellence. He touched on the efforts of the government in general and the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Fisheries in particular, aimed at the gradual recovery and rehabilitation of the agricultural and fisheries sectors in all governorates to enhance its role in improving food security in the country.-
While the Federal Minister of Agriculture and Food of the Federal Republic of Germany Ozdemir stressed in the statement the importance of agriculture and its direct connection to food security in various countries of the world. The statement included a number of recommendations and solutions that make agricultural policy a priority for the various participating countries and spare food conflicts, political differences and wars. And taking the necessary measures to reduce the risks of climate change, organic agricultural transformation, as well as the gradual transformation of food systems in line with environmental and social conditions.. expressing special interest in smallholders and livestock breeders, developing and implementing risk management policies that promote greater flexibility in food supply chains, and striving To provide fertilizers, to conserve and sustainably use biodiversity and to stress the importance of the Global Alliance for Food Security.
In the framework of the general discussions on the recommendations, Minister Al-Soqtari presented a picture of the extent of the suffering and challenges facing the Yemeni society and the results of the war and the conflict with a group that destroyed land and sea by planting mines and explosives. He stressed the impact of wars on food insecurity as a result of the damage it left behind on the infrastructure of the agricultural productive sector. And fish, and the increasing cases of displacement and migration, and the loss of livelihood for families in the city and the countryside alike, as is the case in our country, and with regard to the use of fertilizers, Minister Al-Socotri stressed the importance of using organic fertilizers to fertilize agricultural soils and increase their productivity of agricultural crops.