A two day International Conference on Food Security in Dry Lands (FSDL) that included a Ministerial Dialogue with the participation of 13 Ministers. Two sessions were held to focus on the Energy-Water-Food Nexus and Financing Dry Land Agriculture and Food Production.
An urgent need exists to promote sound policies for agricultural and rural development...a call for governments to allocate 10 percent of national budgetary resources for the implementation of a declaration that came out of this conference.
The Declaration calls for increased allocations of national expenditure through agriculture and food production. The Support of Qatar's initiative at national, regional and international levels to establish a Global Dry Land Alliance (GDLA) was also acknowledged and the need to establish a permanent secretariat for the FSDL under the Qatar National Food Security Programme, to support and enhance food security in dry lands, in partnership with governments, multilateral organizations, business, research and academic institutions was also brought to the table.
Participants also cited a need to "Establish, with the support of FAO, the World Bank, UNESCO and others, an information system in the field of agricultural production for food security and the trading of commodities between markets and countries in dry lands and Establish and enhance Early Warning Systems at national and regional levels to minimize the negative impacts of droughts, floods, desertification, and pests."