(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The ministerial meeting of Near East, North Africa, Brazil, Indonesia, Italy, Norway and Spain which concluded in Muscat on Saturday stressed the importance of achieving world food security and the central role played by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations' (FAO) International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, to achieve the same.
The meeting, which concluded under the chairmanship of H E Dr Fuad bin Jaafar bin Mohammed al Sajwani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, hailed the inter-dependence of all countries in relation to plant genetic resources for food and agriculture and the crucial importance of the treaty to preserve, share and use, in addition to equitable sharing of benefits.
The Muscat Declaration indicated that the participants stressed that the treaty is vital in achieving the Millennium Development Goals aimed at eradicating hunger, extreme poverty and to ensure environmental sustainability.
The participants also emphasised the importance of maintaining traditional knowledge relevant to plant genetic resources for food and agriculture and contributions by local and indigenous communities and farmers of all regions of the world.
The recommendations called for the implementation of equitable sharing of benefits, taking into account the needs and priorities of the Near East and North Africa.
Sayyid Fahd meets delegates
H H Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers on Sunday met heads of delegations participating in the meeting.
The meeting discussed developing water resources using advanced technologies and boosting cooperation in addressing climate changes, such as drought and desertification and their negative socio-economic impacts.