Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) in partnership with the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME), launched the first cycle of its joint Food Security Call, an initiative that aims to foster the development of productive and sustainable food systems in Qatar. QNRF is a member of Qatar Foundation.
The main objective of this call is to enhance food security measures in Qatar by investing in applied research for ‘Local Food Production’, ‘Community Initiative Policy and Legislation’, ‘Strengthening Resilience among People’, and ‘Agrifood Systems Supply Chain’. The call also strives to utilise external expertise and knowledge in science and technology related to food security in order to encourage the development of solutions which are designed to suit Qatari climatic conditions.
According to HE Sheikh Dr Faleh bin Nasser Al Thani, Assistant Undersecretary of Agriculture and Fisheries Affairs, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment is working towards achieving a set of goals to achieve food security, and environmental balance and protection, through comprehensive and sustainable development for the benefit of future generations.
Agricultural research plays an important role in terms of applying modern and appropriate technologies to attain scientific solutions to bridge the gap in agricultural production in order to achieve self-sufficiency and food security.’
He said that through partnership with QNRF, they seek to develop a joint cooperation mechanism that enables both parties to make good use of their services and expertise to advance agricultural and fisheries-related research in Qatar.
We also emphasise the important role that academic and research institutions play in developing joint projects in the agriculture and fisheries fields, in addition to enhancing the contribution of these industries to Qatar’s food security in a safe and sustainable manner.’
The joint call encourages the development of a comprehensive, sustainable, and long-term national food system, and aims to use research that benefits the well-being Qatar citizens as a catalyst to help the country realise its goal of developing a sustainable, diversified economy.
QNRF Executive Director Dr Abdul Sattar Al Taie said that given the environmental, climatic, agricultural, and regional political climate, food security has emerged as a major research priority for Qatar.
Our partnership with MME to find innovative and sustainable solutions to improve Qatar’s food production is timely. I highly encourage and call upon researchers to apply for this call and contribute to the strengthening of food security in Qatar.’
Deadline for submission to the Food Security Call is 2 October 2019. For more details visit qnrf.org.