Enhancing food security in the Southern and Eastern rim of the Mediterranean requires leadership and engagement of all stakeholders.
FAO, EBRD and the UfM Secretariat are convening high-level policymakers, financing institutions and CEOs from leading agribusiness companies, to deepen relationships between the public and private sector and develop initiatives to increase agricultural investment in this region.
Co-chaired by UfM’s Secretary General, Fathallah Sijilmassi, FAO’s Assistant Director-General, Laurent Thomas, and EBRD’s Vice-President, Philippe Le Houerou, the Forum will address challenging policy and investments dilemmas: from self-sufficiency to trade liberalization; from traditional value chains to innovative food quality paradigms.
The Forum on 5-6 May will explore:
- best practices for advancing regional integration;
- developing strategies for financing food import bills;
- improving the efficiency of import supply chains through private sector engagement;
- focussing on advantageous agricultural exports;
- achieving more efficient use of resources in production processes; and
- supporting local producers to create higher value products through quality.
The event will contribute to a sustainable regional approach for agriculture and food security, capitalizing on the experience of each of the countries in the region and maximizing opportunities for the public and private sectors alike.