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Advisory Council Approves Draft Laws, Discusses Report on National Food Security Programme

Advisory Council Approves Draft Laws, Discusses Report on National Food Security Programme

Doha, July 02 (QNA) – The Advisory Council held Monday its regular weekly session under the chairmanship of HE Speaker of the Advisory Council Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid Al Mahmoud.
At the outset of the session, the Advisory Council discussed a draft law amending some provisions of law No. 21 of 2015 regulating the entry and exit of expatriates and their residence, and decided to approve it and submit its recommendations thereon to the esteemed government.
During the session, the Council discussed the report of the Cultural Affairs and Information Committee on a draft law amending some provisions of law No. 1 for 2016 regulating sports clubs.
The draft law came is in line with the ongoing developments and updates in international regulations and standards related to the independence of sport.
The amendment aims to enhance the independence of the General Assemblies of sports clubs in terms of their competencies, tasks and powers, and to find a clear and effective legal mechanism to attract Qatari cadres qualified to work in sports clubs, as well as to attract athletes from universities, institutes and schools to participate in International competitions. It also aims at enhancing the participation of the private sector to invest in the sports sector and provide sports activities and services in the country.
The Council also discussed the report of the Financial and Economic Affairs Committee on a draft law supporting the competitiveness of national products and combating injurious practices in international trade.
The draft law defines injurious practices in international trade as dumping practices, hoc supports and increases in imports. It defines dumping as exporting to the state a product at an export price below the normal value of a similar product in the exporting country in the normal course of trade.
The provisions of this law shall apply in a manner not inconsistent with the provisions of the World Tarde Organization (WTO) agreements.
Under the provisions of the draft law, a committee called the ‘committee for the support of competitiveness of national products and combating harmful practices in international trade’ shall be established in the Ministry of Economy and Commerce with people expertise in the area of WTO agreements along with representatives of concerned ministries and bodies as its members.
The committee’s mandate is to examine complaints and violations of the provisions of the law, to conduct investigations into complaints, to prepare a report on the results of the investigation and to propose interim and final measures necessary to protect national products.
After discussion on the draft laws, the Council approved them and decided to submit its recommendations thereon to the esteemed government.
At the end of its session, the Advisory Council discussed the report of the Financial and Economic Affairs Committee on a request for discussion on the National Food Security Programme.
After an extensive discussion, the Council decided to return the report to the Financial and Economic Affairs Committee for further study. (QNA)

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http://www.oananews.org/content/news/general/advisory-council-approves-draft-laws-discusses-report-national-food-security

Future food security of MENA to be led by improving economic and trade ties between Arab nations, says Mariam Almheiri

Future food security of MENA to be led by improving economic and trade ties between Arab nations, says Mariam Almheiri

Future food security of MENA to be led by improving economic and trade ties between Arab nations, says Mariam Almheiri

Dubai July 1, 2018: H.E Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of State for Future Food Security, said that the future food security of the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) depends primarily on strengthening economic and trade cooperation between regional countries, and elevating these ties to newer heights, especially in agriculture and agricultural production.

“With similarities in the climatic conditions as well as in the opportunities and challenges faced by the sector in MENA, it is important to have a higher level of cooperation to benefit from the experiences of the various nations to overcome the challenges and to invest in opportunities to improve food security,” HE said.

“The UAE is keen to strengthening its economic cooperation with Egypt, especially in food security. There are strong prospects for enhancing the UAE-Egypt relations at all levels, particularly in the field of food and agricultural production,” H.E. concluded.

H.E. highlighted the opportunities for new partnerships as well as the need to activate further interest in boosting agricultural and industrial food production. In this regard, small and medium enterprises can play a significant role, especially in increasing the level of food production and trade.

H.E Almheiri expressed strong interest in strengthening partnerships between organisations in the UAE and Egypt. She said that are opportunities to expand the productive partnerships and to benefit from the unique experience of both countries in research and development related to food security.  She also called for deepening partnerships between private sector entities in both countries.

H.E’s remarks came as she concluded her strategic visit to Egypt. She toured several key facilities related to food security and agricultural production, and discussed with Egyptian top officials and from governmental and private sector ways to boost cooperation between the two countries to achieve the highest levels of future food security.

She visited Barka Ghalioun, the largest fish farm in the region that produces shrimps, marine fish and river fish. The facility produces about 6,600 tonnes of fish per cycle, and has 453 marine fish pools with 3,000 tonnes per cycle. The shrimp pool produces 2,000 tonnes; the farm has 83 pools to produce river fish Buri and tilapia, producing 1600 tonnes per cycle. The farm officials briefed Her Excellency on the working of the project, as she discussed ways of cooperation to transfer this flagship Egyptian experience to the UAE.

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Somalia: Project Highlights – Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit Phase VII (OSRO/SOM/419/UK) – Somalia

Somalia: Project Highlights – Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit Phase VII (OSRO/SOM/419/UK) – Somalia

Somalia: Project Highlights – Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit Phase VII (OSRO/SOM/419/UK)

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To ensure that Somali food, nutrition, and livelihood security is strengthened at the household and community level thereby ensuring greater resilience to future shocks, such as those caused by conflict, drought and floods.

Key partners: Government ministries and institutions, Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), international NGOs, United Nations agencies and Integrated Food Security Classification (IPC)
Global Support Unit.

Local Governments, Government institutions, Universities, humanitarian agencies, international and local NGO stakeholders.

  • Conducted 13 seasonal food security and nutrition assessments from 2015 to 2017, including the Jilaal, the post Gu, the Hagaa and the post Deyr impact/food security and nutrition assessments.

  • Conducted 236 nutrition and mortality surveys.

  • Trained 191 local Governments, partner organizations and local University staff on food security and IPC.

  • Supported the establishment of four food security and nutrition analysis and coordination units, within government institutions.

  • Conducted three special studies: the Consumer Price Index, the Cereal market integration, and a countrywide survey on Infant and Young Child Nutrition.

  • Monitored market prices of essential food and non-food commodities in 71 markets across Somalia.

  • Produced and disseminated a total of 72 information products, including seven technical press releases and alerts, 26 presentations to stakeholders, 14 food security outlook reports/food security and nutrition briefs, 10 nutrition updates, five baseline livelihood assessment reports and profiles, six bi-annual technical series, food security and nutrition reports, three special study reports, and one capacity needs assessment report.

  • Refined the FSNAU website for improved user accessibility.

  • Strengthened national capacity for food security and nutrition, assessment, monitoring, analysis, coordination and reporting.

  • Contributed to improved capacity to collect and analyse data by Somali institutions to enhance food, nutrition and livelihood security of the Somali population for improved emergency and longer-term responses.

  • Informed the preparation of the annual Humanitarian Response Plans, supported timely action by stakeholders and contributed towardsthe prevention of famine in Somalia in 2017.

  • Organised, developed and incorporated information into a data warehouse and made it accessible through managed information and communication systems.

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http://food.einnews.com/article/454037989/ccqBhGf6wGA_FoRU?ref=rss&ecode=vEN5iKJhZV-LzSYh

Afghanistan Food Security Outlook Update, June 2018 to January 2019 – Afghanistan

Afghanistan Food Security Outlook Update, June 2018 to January 2019 – Afghanistan

Afghanistan Food Security Outlook Update, June 2018 to January 2019

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High levels of food assistance needs will persist through at least early 2019

  • Despite improved precipitation late in the season, cumulative rain and snowfall during the October 2017 – May 2018 wet season was well below average in much of the country, except for areas of eastern Afghanistan. Many areas across the north of the country where livelihoods are heavily dependent on rainfed staple production and livestock rearing have experienced significant adverse impacts to typical sources of food and income. Preliminary estimates indicate that the 2018 wheat harvest will be the lowest since at least 2011.

  • Insecurity and conflict in various parts of the country have led to the displacement of more than 130,000 people in 2018. Conflict throughout most provinces of the country has also disrupted normal livelihoods patterns and marketing activities in affected areas. Furthermore, more than 7,500 documented and 336,000 undocumented Afghan nationals have returned to the country in 2018 from Iran and Pakistan.

  • Poor households dependent on rainfed wheat and on-farm labor in northern, northeastern, and northwestern Afghanistan are expected to experience significant difficulty meeting consumption requirements until next year’s harvest (spring 2019), in the absence of additional food assistance. Most poor households in these areas are likely to face Crisis (IPC Phase 3) during the period, with the worst-affected households experiencing Emergency (IPC Phase 4) with the onset of the winter months in November/December.

  • Poor households in the Central Highlands of Afghanistan are also expected to have poor staple harvests this year. Below-average precipitation and high temperatures in June have led to a deterioration in pasture conditions, which are worse than typical for the season, adversely impacting pastoral households in these areas. Furthermore, decreasing remittances from migrant workers in Iran and further weakening of the Iranian rial (IRR) against the afghani (AFN) will lead to a deterioration in purchasing power for households dependent on remittances from Iran in the east-central mountainous agropastoral livelihood zone. Many poor households in the Central Highlands are likely to be in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) through at least January 2019.

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http://food.einnews.com/article/453932480/OieqlHz6_j_avDBg?ref=rss&ecode=vEN5iKJhZV-LzSYh