IOFS to celebrate its day to review achievements

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The Islamic Organization for Food Security (IOFS) will celebrate IOFS Day on Monday and will gather the Diplomatic Corps and other relevant stakeholders in Kazakhstan to provide a presentation on the organization’s accomplished work throughout the year.

During the celebration, a presentation will be made on the achievements of the Islamic Organization for Food Security during the year 2022 and its contributions to enhancing food security.

The event would be addressed by the leaders of the relevant international organizations, including a video intervention by the Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Hissein Brahim Taha, delivered on his behalf by the Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Affairs, Dr. Ahmed Qwesa Sengendo, a speech by the IOFS Director-General, Yerlan Baidolet, and a speech by the Acting Director General of the Union of OIC News Agencies, Muhammad bin Abed Rabbo Al- Yami. The IOFS will also give a briefing of major outcomes of “IOFS Year for Africa.” The year 2022 was designated as the “Year for Africa” by the IOFS, and throughout the year the Organization has been working with African governments and relevant development partners in the African agricultural landscape and launched its activities in different member states. The IOFS believes that food security in Africa is and must be possible if we all, international, regional and national institutions well supported by our Member States, join hands towards that objective. Basically, the IOFS calls for “Commitment to act jointly towards concrete results for improving food systems in Africa”. “It is important to highlight that the rationale for deciding on the main theme had to do with the fact that Africa was not on track to meeting the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 2 to end hunger and ensure access by all people to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round and to end all forms of malnutrition. Additionally, the number of hungry people in Africa has risen by 47.9 million since 2014 and now stands at 250.3 million, or nearly one-fifth of the population,” the IOFS said.

The organization stressed that agriculture is the single greatest opportunity to deliver inclusive economic growth, jobs, and health to the African continent. NNI