This year's session focuses on the pandemic's effects on food security and the challenges to the post-pandemic period on the fertilizer industry.
Cairo- Apr 6, 2021
Minister of Trade and Industry Nevine Gamea has inaugurated the 27th session of the International Annual Fertilizer Forum of the Arab Fertilizer Association (AFA), held in Sharm al Sheikh on April 6-8, in the presence of Khaled Fouda, governor of South Sinai, and Adel Karim, chairman of the AFA (via video conference).
Held under the auspices of Egypt's Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, this year's session focuses on the effects of the Corona pandemic on food security, the challenges that the post-pandemic period poses on the fertilizer industry, and opportunities to enhance regional and technical cooperation between member states.
Prominent regional and international institutions took part in event including: the International Fertilizer Association (IFA), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), as well as representatives of the European Green Deal and the African Union Partnership (AUP).
"The fertilizer industry is one of the key strategic sectors that greatly contributes to the achievement of food security and sustainable agricultural development, saving up to 50% of global food production," Gamea affirmed, noting the government's efforts to develop the sector.
The Arab region, she added, is currently one of the main sources that cover the world's needs of fertilizers thanks to its abundance in raw materials, especially: phosphate and potassium rocks.
The minister also witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the General Authority for Rehabilitation and Agricultural Development, and the Arab Fertilizer Association to enhance joint cooperation in the fields of agricultural development and fertilizer industry.