Newly formed body to boost food security

Updated 27 September 2012
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Newly formed body to boost food security

A new sustainable food system to address the growing concern of food security and rising prices in the Kingdom was launched at the Riyadh chamber of commerce and industry (RCCI) yesterday.
Fahd bin Abdulrahman Balghunaim, minister of agriculture, said the food monitoring body, established in cooperation with the King Abdullah Chair for Food Security at King Saud University (KSU), is an important step to complement efforts by the ministry to meet the food needs of the Kingdom.
He said the food monitoring body would provide information on the availability and price of strategic food commodities and help monitor and safeguard food security, as well as enhance agricultural development.
The monitoring body will enable decision-makers and researchers to access information on food price and availability in local markets.
Badran bin Abdulrahman Al-Omar, rector of King Saud University, said the formation of the food monitoring body reflects the government’s resolve to provide food security to its citizens.
He said the food monitoring body would enhance national initiatives and provide information to decision-makers, agriculturalists, and the business community who invest in agriculture and in the long run, improve food security in the Kingdom.
Abdulrahaman Al-Jeraisy, RCCI board chair, said the food monitoring body would enhance the role of the private sector in supporting government efforts in food security, the provision of food commodities in local markets and how to avert the negative impact of fluctuations in world food production.
Khalid Al-Ruwais, supervisor of the King Abdullah Chair for Food Security, studied changing food prices worldwide and their impact on food security in the Kingdom. He said the main factors affecting food security were dependence on imports, inability of local agricultural production to realize self-sufficiency and a growing demand due to population growth.


Saudi communications minister receives youngest Saudi female journalist

Updated 19 July 2018
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Saudi communications minister receives youngest Saudi female journalist

RIYADH: Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Abdullah Al-Sawah stressed the Kingdom's need to discover and support local talent.
He said that the ministry has paid increasing attention to technical talents, which has been represented through the organization of several events, the latest of which was the "Hackathon Digital Machines."
The event was aimed at creating a conducive environment to develop the capabilities of the digital youth and invest in their creative potential to maximize returns.
Al-Sawah noted that the event also aimed at "harnessing their abilities to develop the digital transformation process," calling for intensified and unified efforts in order to invest in Saudi talents for the benefit of the nation.
The minister was speaking during a meeting with Marian Taher Saleh, the youngest Saudi female journalist, alongside with her father.
Al-Sawah praised the role of her family, who have been supporting her from the beginning till she was able to enter the media field, expressing his appreciation for her media achievements.
For his part, Saleh's father expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the minister for his hospitality, appreciation and encouragement for his daughter.