The Director General of the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development (AOAD) H.E Prof. Ibrahim Adam El Dukheri, expressed his happiness on participating in the Sudanese Agriculture National Week organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in cooperation with development partners under the theme "Agriculture, the engine of economic growth and poverty reduction" from the 23rd to the 29th of March 2018.
In his speech H.E Prof. El Dukheri stressed AOAD's efforts to achieve food security and sustainable agricultural development through all agricultural strategies and programs adopted in the Arab countries. The strategies such as the Egyptian agricultural development strategy, King Abdullah Initiative for Agricultural Investment Abroad, President Bashir's initiative for Arab food security, Green Arab Morocco Plan's strategy, Livestock Development Strategy in Oman, the Iraqi Agricultural Initiative and the Agricultural Renewal Program in Algeria. He noted that AOAD is one of the League of Arab States organizations and represents the technical arm of the League in the sustainable agricultural development
He added that AOAD has contributed in the meetings and arrangements for the agricultural week with the Sudanese Ministry of Agriculture, noting that the AOAD participated in the activities associated with the event and presented a number of scientific papers on the development of the agricultural sector, animal and fish in the Arab region, organic agriculture and food safety and total quality management.
The National Agriculture Week included lectures on sustainable agriculture, integrated management of agricultural natural resources, contract farming and innovative partnerships with the private sector, including a number of experiences and initiatives such as the FAO Regional Initiative for Family Farming in the Near East and North Africa, Integration of the National Plan for Investment in Agriculture and the ICT Strategy in Agriculture. In addition the week included lectures on agricultural systems, climate change and the integration of gender and youth in agricultural development.
AOAD participated in the accompanying exhibition reflecting some of its contributions to food security and sustainable agricultural development in the Arab region in general and in Sudan in particular.