Central Asia discuss plans to cope with food security pandemic


Central Asia discuss plans to cope with food security pandemic

05/22/2020

Central Asian Agriculture Ministers share pandemic pandemic and food security policies

Central Asian countries share their experience in combating the pandemic and food security policies, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in Bishkek said. FAO and Uzbekistan, where the next European Regional Conference will be held, organized a roundtable meeting for ministers of agriculture of five Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan). The purpose of the virtual meeting on food security and agricultural development was to facilitate dialogue during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is written by CentralAsia.

They were joined by experts from FAO, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Eurasian Development Bank, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the Islamic Development Bank and the World Bank.

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“Since strict isolation measures, trade barriers and other factors strongly affect agriculture, as well as consumer access to food, and personal meetings and international conferences become impossible due to travel restrictions, such a forum was very timely and necessary.” “said Vladimir Rakhmanin, FAO Deputy Director General and Regional Representative for Europe and Central Asia.

As FAO recently reported in the bulletin “The Situation in the Food Market of Europe and Central Asia and the Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic”, the supply of basic food products, including wheat, is stable in Europe and Central Asia, as well as throughout the rest of the world. However, as a result of the mitigation of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, there were disruptions in logistics, which hindered food distribution and agricultural production in some countries.

In this regard, the ministers in charge of agriculture and food shared their experience in developing policies, actions and plans to deal with the consequences of the current situation. They also discussed national initiatives and measures to prevent disruptions to the food supply chain and food production. All this creates the basis for identifying possible areas of cooperation.

“From the very beginning of the development of the current situation, FAO urges countries to protect the food security of vulnerable populations, help small farmers support agricultural production and maintain food chains to ensure food security and livelihoods for farmers and those involved in agri-food processing and trade. To achieve this, FAO and other development partners, national decision makers and other partners are helped by a better understanding of the situation in each Central Asian country, ”Rakhmanin added.

In the future, it is proposed to continue such an exchange of information – this can facilitate timely and effective cooperation between the countries of Central Asia in order to mitigate the effects of the pandemic for food security and agriculture.

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