Iran talks on ensuring food security under US sanctions

Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov.21

By Elnur Baghishov, Leman Zeynalova - Trend:

Iran has no problems with staple food supply despite the US sanctions, said Iranian Deputy Minister of Agriculture Ali Akbar Mehrfard.

Currently, 4.5 million tons of staple food is expected to enter the country soon, Yong Journalists Club (YJC) quoted the deputy minister as saying.

Iran has moved forward by 10 percent in ensuring staple food supply for the country and there are no problems and will not be in imports of these products, he added.

Mehrfard went on to add that Iranian warehouses are full of staple food.

There were concerns in Iran over the possibility of staple food shortage in the country due to the sharp devaluation and reimposed US sanctions.

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) retains a comparative advantage in the provision of policy and technical assistance in a broad range of disciplines addressing the challenges being faced by the Islamic Republic of Iran in sectors pertaining to the Organization’s mandate.

In line with the realization of a “Food Secure Iran, Safeguarding Its Natural Resources” as the ultimate vision of FAO in the country, the Organization supports the country’s priorities as stipulated in the national development planning documents, including the Sixth National Development Plan 2017-2021, and in alignment with the Organization’s Strategic Objectives and relevant Regional Initiatives.

FAO's assistance in Iran focuses on three strategic priority areas: Pro-poor enhancement of productivity for better food security, nutrition and livelihoods of vulnerable groups in rural and urban areas; Enhanced sustainable management and development of natural resources, climate change mitigation and adaptation to its impact, and disaster risk management; Strengthened governance and enhanced knowledge management of agricultural and rural development, food security and food safety.

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