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.
 


Saudi Arabia to host massive defense exhibition to rival IDEX

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Saudi Arabia to host massive defense exhibition to rival IDEX

  • World’s largest arms importer seeks to develop its own manufacturing sector
  • Former Farnborough Airshow CEO Shaun Ormrod has been hired as chief executive of Saudi Arabia’s biennial World Defense Show

LONDON: Saudi Arabia plans to host a massive international defense show as the world’s largest arms importer seeks to develop its own manufacturing sector.
Currently the International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi, is the region’s largest industry gathering, with the next one due to be held next February.

Former Farnborough Airshow CEO Shaun Ormrod has been hired as chief executive of Saudi Arabia’s biennial World Defense Show which will be held for the first time in March 2022.
Gulf states including Saudi Arabia and the UAE are investing heavily in their domestic defense industries to reduce their reliance on imports and increase the number of prized manufacturing jobs. The Kingdom, currently the third biggest spender on defense globally, aims to localize half of its military spending by 2030.
“The World Defense Show is a key milestone for Saudi Arabia as it continues to develop a sustainable local defense industry,” said Ahmad Al-Ohali, the governor of the General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI).
The show’s venue, that will accommodate about 80,000 square meters of floor space, will feature demonstration facilities and the latest military kit used across land, sea and air.