Qur’anic Botanic Garden (QBG) launched an ambitious food security programme for high school students to promote the value of food security. The initiative is aimed at motivating young people to join in the country’s endeavours in meeting the community’s need for agricultural products.

The programme encourages young Qataris to study subjects that address modern agricultural methods designed to make it easier to overcome environmental problems facing farmers in the country and make investment feasible in the sector, especially in light of the ongoing blockade.

Fatima Saleh Al-Khulaifi, Manager at QBG, said the programme took in 60 nominated students from 12 schools. The students joined workshops designed to teach theoretical and practical lessons on agriculture. The lessons are presented by experts in the field of agriculture from the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, Qatar Development Bank, and Al Meera, in addition to other speakers from the private sector.

The QBG programme is in accordance with the directives of HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on 21 July 2017, which calls on everyone –  businesspersons, investors, and government sectors to work together to diversify sources of income, increase the pace of food security projects, and increase the area of ​​agriculture.

The programme was comprised of 12 workshops focused on modern agricultural techniques in Qatar. The first part of the programme, which began in October 2017, is due to conclude by the end of January 2018. The second batch for girls will start in the first week of February 2018 and will run to the end of April 2018.

For more information about the Food Security Programme of QBG, visit qbg.org.qa.