Qatar witnesses huge leaps in food self-sufficiency

In 2020-21, Qatar’s agricultural sector has taken clear steps towards achieving food security, increasing agricultural production, and the self-sufficiency rate of agricultural products. The local production of vegetables jumped from about 66,000 tons, a 24% self-sufficiency rate, in 2018 to about 103,000 tons, a 41% self-sufficiency rate, noting that the target rate in 2023 is 70% of local vegetables.

This was made clear in a statement issued by the Ministry of Municipality and Environment on World Food Day (16 October). Under the theme ‘Grow, nourish, sustain. Together. Our actions are our future’, the 2021 World Food Day aims to raise awareness of the need to support the transition to more efficient, inclusive, sustainable, and resilient agricultural and food systems for better production, nutrition, environment, and life.

Director of the Food Security Department Dr. Masoud Jarallah Al Marri, who is also Secretary of the National Food Security Committee, said that the National Food Security Strategy in Qatar (2018-23) aims to achieve an abundance of food through local production, strategic storage, and securing import sources and appropriate and accessible food prices for everyone.

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