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Round-table on “Food security - an essential factor in the sustainable development of Uzbekistan"

27.05.2010

Round-table on “Food security - an essential factor in the sustainable development of Uzbekistan"

The round-table discussion on “Food security - an essential factor in the sustainable development of Uzbekistan” was organized by the CER jointly with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Government of Uzbekistan and other stakeholders on May 27, 2010 in Tashkent.

The goal of the round table is to involve the best international and national expertise into a participatory dialogue to find an optimal ways to support the food security, sustainable agriculture and proper nutrition for all groups of population in the context of current stage of socio-economic development of Uzbekistan and global trends in these spheres.

As we know, the availability of and accessibility to sufficient food is the basis of human society. The global food crisis of 2007, which led to sharp increases in food prices in global markets, not only served as a reminder of this simple truth, but also as an impetus to take a fresh look at the problems of agricultural development and the use of agricultural products.

Although Uzbekistan is self-sufficient in terms of food production, there remains a vitally important problem of supplying food to a growing population and ensuring safe and balanced nutrition. The challenge relates to the trends of the global food crisis and climate change, and a number of internal factors that were presented and discussed during the round table.

The outcomes of the discussions will be used to finalize the draft Concept of National Policies on Sustainable Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition in Uzbekistan that is being developed by the Center for Economic Research in partnership with the state authorities, UNDP, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, World Health Organization, United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund and other stakeholders, as well as to provide preliminary inputs on possible technical assistance in this sphere. The most important, to promote nationwide understanding, that the level of health, intellectual development, and the preservation and strengthening of the nation's gene pool is largely dependent on balanced nutrition and access to clean drinking water.

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