The Minister discussed Egypt's efforts during the COP 27 that was held in Sharm El Sheikh last year when the country launched, for the first time in the history of the COP conferences, an initiative to adapt to climate change impacts in water sector.
The new initiative is targeting the food security in the most countries vulnerable to climate change impacts, the OP27 said in a statement.
Climate changes have led to drought in some areas, like that happened in East Africa and Morocco, flash floods in Pakistan and wildfires in Lebanon and Algeria, he added.
The official account of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced on Twitter: that Egypt comes in fifth in tomato production, after China, India, Turkey and the United States of America.
Both sides also discussed the impacts of climate change and the Ukrainian war on the agricultural and food security sectors in Egypt, FAO-Egypt on its official Twitter account on Sunday.
A study prepared by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) showed that about 50 percent of vegetables and fruits, 40 percent of fish, 30 percent of milk and wheat are wasted annually in Egypt.
One of the reasons is that Russia and Ukraine combined fulfill 30 percent of the global market's needs of wheat, cooking oil, and grains.
He asserted the importance of activating a nutrition-related action to make an ambitious change in this regard.
The Minister invited the FAO to participate in the fourth Cairo Water Week, due on October 24-28.
The increase of global wheat production would lead to a decline in wheat prices globally and, thus, Egypt, the largest wheat importer in the world, will benefit from the declined prices, Abu Saddam clarified.
“The global volume of food wastage is estimated at 1.6 billion tons of ‘primary product equivalents.’ Total food wastage for the edible part of this amounts to 1.3 billion tons,” FAO data says.
Yet, Egypt's rank in dates export market is not as high
The FAO has partnered with the Egyptian government and cooperatives to find ways to limit food losses caused by production surpluses and inefficient practices.
The initiative – dubbed Forsa (opportunity) and launched in 2019 – is aimed at funding small enterprises in the agricultural sector.
“If we do not have food security, we will not have security at all." Peasley said.
The three-day conference is the first meeting of the “Collaborative Platform on Water Productivity” of the regional Initiative on Water Scarcity (IWS) for NENA.
Minister of Agriculture Ezzeddin Abu Steit on Wednesday said that food security in Egypt is of first priority.
UN Food and Agriculture Organization began on Sunday installing a drip irrigation network covering 30 feddans in Siwa Oasis as a model for water consumption.
The first case of FAW was reported in a maize field in a village in Kom Ombo city of Aswan governorate, Upper Egypt
"Conflicts and civil instability have long-lasting impacts on the food and nutrition security of both affected and surrounding countries in the regions,” said Abdessalam Ould Ahmed