S E P T E M B E R 1 8 , 2 0 1 3
National Food Security Strategy
An update and Directions for The Future
Khaled M. Saeed
Di...
National Food Security Strategy: An update and Directions for The Future
September 18, 2013 | Khaled M. Saeed, Director Ge...
National Food Security Strategy: An update and Directions for The Future
September 18, 2013 | Khaled M. Saeed, Director Ge...
National Food Security Strategy: An update and Directions for The Future
September 18, 2013 | Khaled M. Saeed, Director Ge...
National Food Security Strategy: An update and Directions for The Future
September 18, 2013 | Khaled M. Saeed, Director Ge...
National Food Security Strategy: An update and Directions for The Future
September 18, 2013 | Khaled M. Saeed, Director Ge...
National Food Security Strategy: An update and Directions for The Future
September 18, 2013 | Khaled M. Saeed, Director Ge...
National Food Security Strategy: An update and Directions for The Future
September 18, 2013 | Khaled M. Saeed, Director Ge...
National Food Security Strategy: An update and Directions for The Future
September 18, 2013 | Khaled M. Saeed, Director Ge...
National Food Security Strategy: An update and Directions for The Future
September 18, 2013 | Khaled M. Saeed, Director Ge...
National Food Security Strategy: An update and Directions for The Future
September 18, 2013 | Khaled M. Saeed, Director Ge...
National Food Security Strategy: An update and Directions for The Future
September 18, 2013 | Khaled M. Saeed, Director Ge...
National Food Security Strategy: An update and Directions for The Future
September 18, 2013 | Khaled M. Saeed, Director Ge...
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Presentation by Khaled M. Saeed, Director General of Agriculture & Fisheries and National Food Security Coordinator - MoPIC, at "Consultative and Planning Workshop for Reactivating National Food Security Strategy", September 18-19 in Sana’a, Yemen.

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National Food Security Strategy: An update and Directions for The Future

  1. 1. S E P T E M B E R 1 8 , 2 0 1 3 National Food Security Strategy An update and Directions for The Future Khaled M. Saeed Director General of Agriculture & Fisheries National Food Security Coordinator - MoPIC
  2. 2. National Food Security Strategy: An update and Directions for The Future September 18, 2013 | Khaled M. Saeed, Director General of Agriculture & Fisheries, National Food Security Coordinator - MoPIC General Overview  In 2007 and the first half of 2008, a sharp rise in agricultural commodity and food prices triggered grave concerns about food security and increased poverty throughout the world.  In response to this Situation, the Government decided to undertake a national food security strategy to offer an integrated and comprehensive framework to enhance food security in consultation with related national line ministries and agencies, donors, non-governmental organizations, civil society and the private sector.
  3. 3. National Food Security Strategy: An update and Directions for The Future September 18, 2013 | Khaled M. Saeed, Director General of Agriculture & Fisheries, National Food Security Coordinator - MoPIC General Overview (continued)  The international Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) was selected in March 2009 to developing a National Food Security Strategy for Yemen which provides sector-specific and cross-sector policy and investment options to achieve improving food security and reduce poverty over the medium and long term.  The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) had been instrumental in supporting MOPIC in the development of the National Strategy. MOPIC highly appreciates the consultative process that IFPRI helped to facilitate and the high quality work that led to the prioritization of actions that will influence the policy process and investments plans. The NFSS will also play an important role in Yemen's socio-economic development and poverty reduction plans.  In March 2009 a coordination team established in MOPIC to support IFPRI experts to develop the strategy.
  4. 4. National Food Security Strategy: An update and Directions for The Future September 18, 2013 | Khaled M. Saeed, Director General of Agriculture & Fisheries, National Food Security Coordinator - MoPIC Consultative Process  Consultation with major domestic and international stakeholders had been undertaken in April and May 2009 for data collection, review of available national strategies, sector background analysis and other documents.  The Technical Food Security Committee established in May 2009 comprising representatives from MOPIC and relevant ministries/agencies /NGO'S together with the EC, World Bank, GiZ and other international partners.  The Government of Yemen has given high priority to developing an national food security strategy .H.E. Deputy prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Minister of Planning & International Cooperation(MOPIC) has therefore invited national and international stakeholders to a National Food Security Workshop on June7, 2009.
  5. 5. National Food Security Strategy: An update and Directions for The Future September 18, 2013 | Khaled M. Saeed, Director General of Agriculture & Fisheries, National Food Security Coordinator - MoPIC Consultative Process (continued)  The objective of the workshop was to discuss the outline and preliminary results of the Food Security Strategy analysis undertaken by the International Food policy Research Institute (IFPRI).  The Government of Yemen was represented by all main ministries involved in food security, including the Ministry of Industry & Trade, Ministry of Agriculture & Irrigation, Ministry of Water & Environment, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Health & population, Ministry of Fish wealth in addition to Social Welfare Fund, Central Statistical Organization and Federation of Yemen Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Agricultural and Fisheries Cooperative Unions, Yemeni Family Care Society and Yemeni Consumer protection Society together with EC, World Bank and GiZ as well as other International Donors.
  6. 6. National Food Security Strategy: An update and Directions for The Future September 18, 2013 | Khaled M. Saeed, Director General of Agriculture & Fisheries, National Food Security Coordinator - MoPIC Consultative Process (continued)  The Food Security Strategy work was based on existing sector strategies, such as the water strategy, the National Nutrition Strategy, the Aden Agenda (Agriculture).  IFPRI Developed a comprehensive analytical framework to give answers to the questions i) where and who are the food insecure, b) what are the main determinates of food insecurity and c) what are the challenges and options to improving food security.  IFPRI developed the National Food Security Strategy paper in two part as follows:  Part (I): Presented at a high level workshop with all stakeholders held on 16 January 2010. This part provides an in-depth analysis of the current status of food security in Yemen, including the major challenges to food security and causes of food insecurity, and suggested 18 priority areas for policy action.
  7. 7. National Food Security Strategy: An update and Directions for The Future September 18, 2013 | Khaled M. Saeed, Director General of Agriculture & Fisheries, National Food Security Coordinator - MoPIC Findings of NFSSP, Part (I)  The food security in Yemen at national and household levels is alarming.  At the national level, the export to food import ratio is far below international standards, indicating a strong need for improving trade and also agriculture in places with potential.  Yemen, is among the bottom of 10 countries in the world in terms of food insecurity at the household level and remains there today. (The results of surveys implemented by WFP and UNICEF in 2011 and 2012 show that around 44.5% of the population in 2011 were food insecure, but by 2012 food insecurity levels had almost reached pre- crisis levels again (IFPRI will talk more about this in the next presentation).  More than half of all Yemeni children are malnourished, thus damaging their healthy physical development and hampering the future development of Yemeni's society and economy.  To improve food security, 18 priority areas have been identified in a consultative process, categorized by sector as follows:
  8. 8. National Food Security Strategy: An update and Directions for The Future September 18, 2013 | Khaled M. Saeed, Director General of Agriculture & Fisheries, National Food Security Coordinator - MoPIC Macroeconomic, growth and incomes Trade & Transportation  Accelerate job creation and pro food security growth in promising sectors.  Foster growth in rural areas, for example through development of secondary cities.  Economic non-oil exports, remittances and foreign direct investments (FDI).  Improve efficiency of social transfers to support the food insecure and review existing subsidies.  Improve market access and infrastructure.  Improve technology in food/ fish processing using the private sector.  Strategize the optimal level of physical storage for cereals.  Foster trade agreements. Findings of NFSSP, Part (I) – Priority Areas
  9. 9. National Food Security Strategy: An update and Directions for The Future September 18, 2013 | Khaled M. Saeed, Director General of Agriculture & Fisheries, National Food Security Coordinator - MoPIC Agriculture, Water and Fisheries Health, Nutrition and Education  Increase productivity in rain. fed and irrigated agriculture.  Limit cultivation of Qat and promote alternatives.  Increase rural and urban access to water.  Promote sustainable water management.  Increase productivity in the fishery sector to fully exploit its potential.  Improve nutrition, especially for women and children.  Improve health services, especially in rural areas.  Reduce population growth through family planning.  Achieve education for all, with emphasis on girl's education.  Foster links between nutrition, health and education. Findings of NFSSP, Part (I) – Priority Areas
  10. 10. National Food Security Strategy: An update and Directions for The Future September 18, 2013 | Khaled M. Saeed, Director General of Agriculture & Fisheries, National Food Security Coordinator - MoPIC Part (II) of the Strategy  Based on these priority areas, part II of the NFSS presented at a high level workshop held on 28 July, 2010, in which Identified a 7- point action plan and assessed the polices, investments and program options for achieving Yemen's vision and food security goals:  VISION: All Yemenis should have access to sufficient and nutritious food to live an active, productive and healthy life  OBJECTIVES  To make 90 percent of the population food secure by 2020.  To reduce chronic child malnutrition by at least 10 percentage points by 2020.
  11. 11. National Food Security Strategy: An update and Directions for The Future September 18, 2013 | Khaled M. Saeed, Director General of Agriculture & Fisheries, National Food Security Coordinator - MoPIC The 7-points Action Plan  To achieve these objectives, the Strategy lays out a 7-point Action plan, which identifies the following priorities: 1. Leverage the fuel subsidy reform to promote food security. 2. Improve the business climate to foster pro-food secure private investments in promising sectors. 3. Use qat reduction policies for fostering agricultural development. 4. Improve food security risk management. 5. Implement the water sector strategy decisively. 6. Better target public investment and improve service provision, especially in rural areas. 7. Launch high-level awareness campaigns for family planning, healthy nutrition, and women's empowerment.
  12. 12. National Food Security Strategy: An update and Directions for The Future September 18, 2013 | Khaled M. Saeed, Director General of Agriculture & Fisheries, National Food Security Coordinator - MoPIC Approval Process October 2010 •Submission of the final version based on extensive comments from the Food Security Committee . November 2010 •Approval of the Strategy by Food Security technical Committee. December 2010 •Approval of the strategy by the Ministerial committee. February 2011 •Approval of the strategy by the cabinet. May 2013 •Cabinet decree approving establishment of the food security supreme council and the technical secretariat. September 2013 •The decree of H.E the Minister of planning and International Cooperation has been issued Setting-up the Technical Secretariat at MoPIC with a clear mandate.
  13. 13. National Food Security Strategy: An update and Directions for The Future September 18, 2013 | Khaled M. Saeed, Director General of Agriculture & Fisheries, National Food Security Coordinator - MoPIC Next Steps  The National food security strategy should move into implementation stage (a revive and scaling- up workshop to be organized).  An operational food security technical secretarial to be established at MOPIC to follow-up of the strategy and to ensure coordinating role in food security.  An investment plan for food security in Yemen should be undertaken (till the year 2025) with a monitoring and evaluation mechanism.  A comprehensive national food security Investment program with regional focus should be designed.  The Yemen food security Digital Atlas should be expanded.  An inclusive Food Security information Systems (FSIS) should be established to support timely decision making and response planning.  Government capacity is to be strengthened to review, plan, budget and monitor food security (FS) policies, strategies and programs, resulting in more effective public/private donor partnership action for food security.
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