Report – Bilateral Dialogue on “Food Security Cooperation under the OIC framework”

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The China-Pakistan Study Centre (CPSC) at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) held its first institutional level virtual dialogue with the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) based in Malaysia on 28 July, 2021. The theme of the dialogue was Food Security Cooperation under the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) framework. The dialogue was held with the aim to focus on the development of agriculture sector, underscoring food security, enhance growth and prosperity, and to explore the strategies for the integration of long-term strategic plans for self-reliance and cooperation in all aspects of food security across the Muslim world.

Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Director General ISSI, in his welcome remarks said that traditionally the OIC focused more on political issues but recently there has been much talk on non-traditional issues, and food security is one of such topics which is a win-win subject for discussion and dialogue. To ensure food security, Ambassador Chaudhry stated that we need to increase the crop yield and strengthen supply chains. For that, we need to invest more in R&D in the context of food sufficiency, crop production, climate change etc. He underlined cooperation among OIC members is one of the many strategic steps to ensure food security and advance economic development.

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