CER hosts Mission of International experts on Food security

23.04.2010

CER hosts Mission of International experts on Food security

On May 24-28, an Inter-agency mission of international consultants is conducting as part of CER “Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security in Uzbekistan” project.

The main purpose of the mission, involving leading international experts from such organizations, as Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UNICEF, World Health Organization (WHO), and UNDP is to facilitate the formulation of the “National policy on sustainable agriculture, food security and nutrition” concept.

Formulation of an effective national policy is deemed important also due to the Global Food Crisis emerged in 2007, which has demonstrated the urge for a careful and comprehensive analysis of national food policy, and the need to sustain food security. It is possible to conclude that another cycle of food crisis can emerge, following the current financial crisis. Hence, the current “respite” should be used as an opportunity to develop and implement a solid national food policy.

In order to secure participation of all stakeholders in discussions of the draft Concept, on May 27, CER in partnership with UNDP, FAO, WHO, UNICEF and IFAD organizes round table: “Food security - an essential factor in the sustainable development of Uzbekistan”. The goal of the round table is to involve the best international and national expertise into a dialogue on optimal ways to support sustainable agriculture, food security and proper nutrition in the context of current stage of socio-economic development of Uzbekistan and international trends in these spheres.

As a result of the mission a number of articles, as well as a Policy paper combining local and international expert recommendations on the formulation and implementation of the “National policy on sustainable agriculture, food security and nutrition” will be developed.