In Saudi Arabia, G20 chief scientists discuss global food security

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Updated 20 February 2020

In Saudi Arabia, G20 chief scientists discuss global food security

  • The meeting focused on global issues such as sustainable agriculture development in drylands

KHOBAR: Sustainable agriculture and global food security were on the agenda at the 9th meeting of the Agricultural Chief Scientists (MACS) of the G20.

High-level agricultural scientists from the G20 countries, invited guest countries and international organizations attended the meeting to adopt a communique that will be delivered to ministers of agriculture.

Delegates expressed their intention to promote cooperation in sustainable agricultural productivity and global food security.

The meeting focused on global issues such as sustainable agriculture development in drylands, promoting agricultural productivity through cutting-edge technologies, and the relationship between water, energy and food.

Delegates recognized the importance of agriculture in drylands for livelihoods and for global food security, and encouraged ministers to agree on a way forward to develop this.

Attendees stressed the importance of science for developing affordable and cutting-edge agricultural technologies to address global food security and improve agri-food systems. They emphasized the need for developing and implementing new agricultural technologies in partnership with farmers and for public-sector policy and investment to ensure equitable use of new agricultural technologies.

Aware of the global demands on water and energy to meet food production needs, the high-level group agreed on approaching a better understanding of the interdependence of these elements. This is critical for developing policies that enable resources to be used efficiently, to improve livelihoods, ensure food security and optimize sustainable economic benefits.
 


Hana Abdullah Alomair, Saudi film director

Updated 30 May 2020

Hana Abdullah Alomair, Saudi film director

Hana Abdullah Alomair is the director of Netflix’s first Saudi thriller original series, titled “Whispers,” which is due to begin streaming in 190 countries on June 11. 

A Saudi writer, filmmaker, and movie critic, Alomair won the Silver Palm Tree Award for best script at the Saudi Film Competition in 2008.

She gained a bachelor’s degree in Arabic-English translation from King Saud University in 1992 and four years later a master’s degree in the same field of study from Heriot-Watt University, in Scotland.

Her documentary “Beyond Words” was screened during the Gulf Film Festival in 2019 and was selected for the main competition in this year’s Muscat International Film Festival.

A member of the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts, she has worked as a head writer in writing workshops for several TV series. She was a jury member at the Saudi Film Festival held by Rotana in 2013. Her second
flick, “The Complaint,” was selected in the main competition of Tessa’s Festival for Asian and African Films in Morocco in 2014 and it won the Golden Palm
Tree Award for best short fiction film in the Saudi Film Competition in 2015.

In 2016, Alomair, together with Hind Al-Fahhad, scooped the prize for best script for the short film “Peddlers” at the King Fahd Center Short Film Competition.

She recently published a book about the Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa, and in 2017 wrote a play called “Qat Oqat.”

Last year, she wrote and directed her latest short film “Swan Song,” which won the Golden Palm Tree Award for best actor in the Saudi Film Festival.