CAN ORGANIC FARMING BE THE SOLUTION FOR FOOD SECURITY?
FROM TIME TO TIME, THE DEBATE ON FOOD SECURITY IN QATAR, WHOSE HARSH CLIMATIC CONDITIONS ARE NOT MUCH DIFFERENT FROM THOSE OF THE OTHER GCC COUNTRIES, IS RENEWED. IN 2008, QATAR LAUNCHED THE NATIONAL FOOD SECURITY PROGRAM (QNFSP) TO MEET 100% OF THE COUNTRY'S FOOD REQUIREMENTS BY 2030. ONE OF THE WAYS TO ACHIEVE THIS STRATEGY IS THROUGH THE USE OF ORGANIC FARMING TECHNOLOGY BECAUSE OF ITS ECONOMIC FEASIBILITY, ACCORDING TO SOME EXPERTS.
Eight months of severe heat, two short months of winter and two months of pleasant enjoyable weather. That is the summary of the climatic condition of Qatar. When Qatar launched the National Food Security Program, it was not given much focus; after all it is quite impossible to make an agricultural project thrive in a desert land. But a few years later we hear news about the emergence of Qatar-based farms and then the announcement that the number of organic farms in Qatar will increase to six in the coming period in line with the ministry's goals of expanding organic farming because of its positive impact on humanity, animals and the environment. This was announced on the sidelines of a festival of Qatari organic products held at Al Mazrouah Yard a few months back by Yousef Al Khulaifi, director of the Department of Agricultural Affairs. Al Khulaifi says, “Though the project is still in its initial phase, two organic farms,