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AOAD & CGIAR: from malabo to sharm el-sheikh

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10 November 2022, Egypt: Convened by the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development (AOAD) and CGIAR, under the patronage of the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation in Egypt, this high-level session will reflect on leveraging science and innovation to guide concurrent efforts of achieving food security while maintaining and restoring the environment with emphasis on adaptation and mitigation in agriculture in African and Arab countries. 

Participants include high-level decision-makers at international organizations, regional platforms, development banks, and national governments. African and Arab ministries of agriculture, food security, and the environment will also attend this session and engage in discussions to mainstream the concept, related documents, and subsequent engagement measures.

The session will build on contemporary issues and steps taken by countries of the region to promote food security, namely the projects and programs defined by heads of state and captured in the Malabo Declaration in 2016, where the leaders of African and Arab countries committed to coordinate African-Arab efforts on agriculture and food security and commended the outcomes of COP22. In addition to an AOAD initiative, the Arab Program for the Sustainability of Food Security, endorsed by the League of Arab States in response to the impending food insecurity crisis following the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, COVID-19 pandemic, and climate-change calamities, with comprehensive conceptualization and packaging of interventions, programs, and projects.

  • Securing the role of the Arab-African partnership as an essential entry point for collective action that supports and achieves food security and as a means to build a platform for advocacy and cooperation in addressing climate challenges with science and knowledge.
  • Building consensus and creating the necessary political will with required practical procedures and maintaining them towards smart technologies and supportive interventions for adaptation.
  • Adoption of measures conducive to building experts’ capacities in the agricultural sector to address climate change issues that the concerned institutions can finance.
  • Supporting efforts to enhance the requests of developing countries in Arab and African regions to compel rich countries to fulfill their commitments to finance the interventions and technologies required to address climate change.

  • Session Chair: H.E. Prof. Ibrahim Al-Dukheiri, Director General, the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development (AOAD).
  • Session Moderator: Mr. Aly Abousabaa, CWANA Regional Director, CGIAR, and Director General, ICARDA. 
15:15 – 15:18 Opening Statement by Mr. Aly Abousabaa, CWANA Regional Director, CGIAR and Director General, ICARDA 
15:18 – 15:21 Welcoming remarks by H.E. El-Sayed Elkosayar, Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation (MALR), Arab Republic of Egypt 
15:21 – 15:24 Presentation by HE Ambassador Josefa Sacko, African Union Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Development, AUC 
15:24 – 15:27 Statement by H.E. Ahmed Aboul Gheit (Secretary General – LAS) – delivered by H.E. Prof. Ibrahim El-Dukheri, DG, AOAD 
15:27 – 15:30 Video: Climate Change Challenges and Opportunities and the role of Integrated Desert Farming 
15:30 – 15:50 Keynote Presentations by:
H.E. Prof. Ibrahim El-Dukheri, DG, AOAD
Dr. Claudia Sadoff, Executive Management Director, CGIAR
Dr. Ibrahim Thiaw, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of UNCCD 
15:50 – 16:20 Sharing the key messages (LAS/AOAD – CGIAR) / Discussion and interventions by Ministers and Development Partners 
16:20 – 16:25 Statement of the chair of the session (LAS/AOAD – CGIAR) 
16:25 – 16:30 Closing Remarks by H.E. El-Sayed Elkosayar, Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation (MALR), Arab Republic of Egypt 

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