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  • 03/2012Results from the Food Security Research Priority-Setting Session

    Many thanks to the 104 participants who provided inputs during the research priority-setting session! The results of this session emphasize the importance of conducting research on all research areas included in the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions and Markets (CRP2) in the Arab Countries. Based on the participants’ inputs, crucial importance should be given […]

  • 02/2012Conference Concludes on High Note with CRP2 Priority Setting Session

    In the final session of the “Food Secure Arab World: A Roadmap for Policy & Research” conference, Dr.Mark Rosegrant, Consortium Research Program 2 (CRP2) Interim Director, IFPRI, led a stimulating priority setting session.  He introduced CRP2 and stated its strategic goal as “identifying and promoting implementation of policies, institutions, and markets to improve food security […]

  • 02/2012An International Partner Perspective on Food Security Policy Priorities

    In a panel session on “Setting Food Security Policy Priorities,” moderated by Paul Dorosh, five panelists addressed actions needed.  Their summary comments are as follows: Sherine Ghoneim underscored the necessity of understanding knowledge barriers and addressing local requirements to improve the uptake of research. Hoonae Kim explained the measures that need to be taken to […]

  • 02/2012Day One in Photos


  • 02/2012Keynote Addresses Highlights

    The day’s keynote addresses proved particularly enlightening. Below is a a brief summary from each of the keynote speakers.

    Dr. Joachim von Braun addressed Arab development in a changing world and stated that a particularly serious matter is the Arab world losing out, in recent years, on foreign direct investments. He cited employment and regional fiscal policy as two fundamental challenges, as they determine food security through macro linkages. Dr. von Braun remarked that for achieving political progress it is essential to build trust between citizens and states; develop human capacity to foster labor productivity; and build social security institutions. He concluded that the political change process can revitalize Arab unity and encouraged the Arab world to learn from the mistakes and successes during transformations of other regions, such as Latin America and Eastern Europe.

  • 02/2012Food Secure Arab World Conference gets underway

    In this morning’s opening remarks, Dr. Nadim Khouri, Deputy Executive Secretary UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) stated that the objective of this conference is to advance the dialogue between policy makers and researchers so that a difference can be made on the ground. Following him, Dr. Fawzi Al Sultan, Board of […]

  • 012/20112012 Food Secure Arab World conference

    To achieve long-term prosperity, Arab countries urgently need to foster food security. A comprehensive roadmap for development and poverty reduction requires both a broad food security program for the region accompanied by country-specific strategies. Using participatory, transparent decisionmaking processes, governments, civil society, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector can design successful strategies and implementation plans. […]