Egypt's agriculture minister elected to head ACSAD general committee

Nada Nader, Thursday 23 Jun 2022

The general committee of the Arab Center for the Studies of Arid Zones and Dry Lands (ACSAD) elected on Wednesday Egyptian Minister of Agriculture El-Sayed El-Quseir to be the head of the committee in its 36th session for a two-year term.

Egyptian Minister of Agriculture El-Sayed El-Quseir
Egyptian Minister of Agriculture El-Sayed El-Quseir (Photo courtesy of Agriculture Ministry)


In a statement to ACSAD’s ministers of agriculture, who were attending the session that was hosted by Egypt via video conference call, El-Quseir stressed that the coronavirus pandemic has made integration and cooperation between nations the only way to face hard challenges.

He said that our fast paced changing world has made it imperative that the whole world – and Arab countries in particular – deal with developmental, technological and environmental challenges, especially water and food security.

El-Quseir also stressed that these challenges are directly connected to Arab national security, cautioning of the increased danger of desertification and its negative effect on food security that have been compounded by the effects of the Russian-Ukrainian war.

He urged the committee to continue their efforts to enhance Arab cooperation in facing these challenges by using natural, economic and other resources in order to integrate Arab economies to deal with the new global situation.

El-Quseir emphasised that Egypt is looking forward to build up on what has been agreed upon in COP26 in Glasgow last year when it hosts the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) this year under the auspices of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, in order to turn pledges into tangible acts.

He said that "we are keen to activate the Middle East Green initiative," which was launched by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to enhance green spaces that reduce carbon emissions, temperature and climate change impacts.

At the end, El-Quseir asserted the necessity of integration and cooperation to overcome challenges for a better future for Arab nations and their people.

ACSAD was established in 1968 under the Framework of the Arab League in order to unify national efforts for developing scientific research in agriculture in dry lands and semi dry lands, exchange information and expertise that could benefit increasing agricultural production in these locations.

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