Planning for a Secure Future: Qatar’s National Food Security Programme

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Mr Fahad bin Mohammed Al-AttiyaA lecture by Mr Fahad bin Mohammed Al-Attiya, Executive Chairman, Qatar National Food Security Programme.

The Qatar National Food Security Programme (QNFSP) is a visionary initiative, established by Amiri Decree to develop a comprehensive national plan to secure food and water resilience for the people of Qatar. Building on this mandate, the QNFSP Master Plan combines renewable energy technologies and innovative desalination and water management systems to boost national water capacity and provide a responsible supply for increased agricultural production. This planned increase in capacity for sustainable domestic production will be combined with a diversified and responsible approach to international partnerships on food and raw materials, with the aim of delivering a much more dynamic and resilient system for a safe and healthy food supply.

By tackling this critical global issue at the food-water-energy nexus in one of the world's most challenging dry land environments, the QNFSP promises to deliver on another ambitious commitment of the state - the Qatar National Vision to establish a 'knowledge economy'. The QNFSP Master Plan calls for research and development centres dedicated to the issue, educational facilities to support producers through improved practices and a wide variety of development partnerships for new technologies. 

In effect, the conditions that threaten the food security of the people of Qatar today, also position the nation as an ideal workshop for innovations and solutions needed by the roughly two billion people globally who live in arid regions and face even tougher times in the changing climate ahead. Addressing the challenge of sustainability in Qatar promises further diversification of the national economy, conservation of natural resources and a more secure and healthy future for many throughout the world.

In his lecture, Mr Al-Attiya will discuss how the QNFSP is delivering a more resilient future for the people of Qatar and could serve as a model to other dry land nations.

Mr Fahad bin Mohammed Al-Attiya was appointed in 2008 as Chairman of the Qatar National Food Security Programme by His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Heir Apparent of the State of Qatar. Under Mr Al-Attiya's leadership, the QNFSP is developing a Master Plan which, upon implementation, will become a model for sustainable and environmentally appropriate agriculture in arid regions. Following his schooling in Qatar, he joined the Qatar Armed Forces and trained at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He later served with the Grenadier Guards in the UK and with the Special Forces in Qatar. Mr Al-Attiya read Law at Westminster University and undertook a Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School in London. He has served at the Legal Directorate of the Armed Forces in Qatar and as a military lawyer. In 2007, Mr Al-Attiya joined the office of the Heir Apparent at the Amiri Diwan as Legal Counsel, a position he still holds. He also sits on the Legislation Council of Qatar.

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