Qatar garden partners with Qatar Development Bank to work on food security

The Qur’anic Botanic Garden is working closely with the Qatar Development Bank (QDB) to strengthen Qatar’s food security through QBG’s ongoing online agricultural education programs for QDB’s greenhouse loan financing clients.

An integral part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between QBG and QDB, the educational programs are led by agricultural and greenhouse experts in Qatar handpicked by QBG to deliver high-level technical trainings and include hands-on trainings on the benefits and different types of greenhouse cultivation, crop cultivation techniques for abundant production, hydroponics, fertilizer usage and pest prevention. In line with Qatar’s food security agenda and aimed at contributing to Qatar’s efforts to achieving self-sufficiency in the production of local produce, QBG held its first online three-day interactive workshop for QDB’s greenhouse loan clients in March 2021.

Due to Covid restrictions and to ensure everyone’s safety, the programme was designed to enable interactive online training. By utilising the QBG curriculum and toolbox exclusively prepared for and delivered to QDB’s greenhouse loan clients, the participants were able to apply what they learned in real time from the comfort of their homes. This unique training programme aims to qualify the greenhouse loan financing clients and increase their capacity for self-efficient agricultural production.

Khalid Abdulla al-Mana, executive director of Business Finance at QDB, said: “At QDB, we always seek to collaborate with as many active local companies and institutions as possible to enhance and develop the knowledge of our clients. Running such workshops with the Qur’anic Botanic Garden conveys the ideal message in empowering the agricultural domain and the local economy, thus helping achieve abundance in production and supporting our strategy within Qatar National Vision 2030.”

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