Egypt and Norway discuss improving agricultural sector’s ability to cope with climate change

Minister of Agriculture and Spatial Planning, El Sayed el-Quseir, spoke with the CEO of the Norwegian EAT Foundation, Gunhild Stordalen, on improving the flexibility of the agricultural sector, supporting the innovation of adaptation systems to deal with climate change and the establishment of more sustainable agricultural systems.

The meeting is being held as part of Egypt’s preparations to chair the United Nations Climate Change Conference UNCCC 2022 COP 27, scheduled to take place in Sharm el-Sheikh in November.

The minister reviewed the problems caused by climate change, including increasing rates of desertification and water consumption, among others, which affect food security.

He affirmed the importance of rallying the efforts of the international community to address the climate change crisis, which greatly affects developing and African countries.

Meanwhile, Stordalen said she agreed with the agriculture minister in his views, including supporting the approach of developing and African countries to adapt to climate change and establish a platform -form of climate finance.

The two parties agreed to prepare a Memorandum of Understanding to support the Emerging Farmers Initiative and the projects implemented by the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture to support small farmers in rural areas.

Lana T. Arthur