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Forward-looking Priorities, Strong Participation and Wide Media Coverage Mark End of Food Security Arab World Conference

2012 February
by Andrea D. Romero

The Food Secure Arab World Conference ended on Tuesday, February 7 after two days of stimulating presentations, discussion, and analysis. The conference drew more than 200 participants from over 24 countries, including 14 Arab states. The wide variety of participants’ backgrounds reflected the multi-dimensionality of food, nutrition, and water security in the Arab region. Economists, nutritionists, agriculturalists, development practitioners, students, and government officials, among others, all contributed to a lively and successful two-day event. The conference proceedings were covered widely in local, national, and international news, in both Arabic and English.

The conference concluded with recommendations geared toward national and regional policymakers, researchers, and development practitioners, a call for more effective policy implementation, and a regional knowledge platform; a strategic combination of international, regional and country level food, nutrition and water security approaches; and engaging regional and international partners to manage Arab political and social transformations, foster job-creating growth and leverage health, nutrition, education and agriculture for improved food security in the Arab region.

In addition to the summary of main conclusions, all PowerPoint presentations and video coverage of the conference plenary sessions, as well as a list of participants are now available here on the FSAW conference website. Video coverage of all remaining sessions and presentations, in both English and Arabic, will be available by March 1st.

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