The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has been invited to co-convene regional dialogues for the United Nations (UN) Food Systems Summit alongside the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Wasafiri Hub.

As ICC Regional Coordinator of the B-MENA Region, ICC Qatar will participate in the MENA Regional Dialogue ‘Small Businesses: Good Food for All – MENA’ to engage small and medium enterprises (SME). The two-hour virtual event will be in Arabic and will be held this Monday, 14 June, 11 am, Doha time.

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ICC Qatar member Dr Ghada Darwish, founder and managing partner of Dr Ghada M Darwish Karbon Law Firm, will participate in the virtual event and contribute as a convener.

Calling on all SME

ICC Qatar is calling on all SME operating in the agri-food industry to participate in the dialogue and share their knowledge and expertise to enrich the session outcomes.

The sessions aim to put on spotlight the role of SME in the food system; enhance the role of SME in providing quality food for all, and identify actionable pathways for SME to contribute more significantly to positively transform the food system. Ultimately, the UN summit seeks to make our food systems more nutritious, sustainable, fair and resilient.

The MENA dialogue is one part of the UN FSS regional dialogues series, of which there will be a total of 12 regional dialogues.

Small Businesses: Good Food for All – MENA

The virtual session will be highly interactive, with small breakout sessions to enable participants to discuss and exchange experiences, challenges and ideas for SME business and policy solutions to be significant contributors to transform the food system.

From food producers to food distributors, businesses such as bakeries, farmers, coffee shops all the way to digital start-ups play a vital role in food economies. On a country level, the SME sector often accounts for a large percentage of businesses in the agri-food sector, have a hefty economic value, and are responsible for producing jobs in the country and handling food consumption.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, these companies have continued to persevere and move quickly to ensure food security. SMEs in the agri-food sector make many decisions that shape their diets which is often overlooked. Therefore, cooperation with small and medium businesses is necessary to provide good food to all. Their collective response will shape the future of the food systems and will move forward to the global Food System Summit dialogue 2021.

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