February 21st, 2018

Lahmeyer holds workshop about food security in the Arab countries

Lahmeyer’s Beau Freeman at the workshop

Lahmeyer’s Beau Freeman at the workshop

On January 10th, 2018, Dr. Beau Freeman, Department Head Sustainable Water and Land Resources Development at Lahmeyer International, held a workshop on the topic of food security in Khartoum, Sudan. It was based on a study carried out on behalf of the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD): “Achieving Food Security for the Arab Countries through the Sudan Project.” The objective of the study was to assess the present status and the projected food security situation of the Arab countries and to determine the extent to which this can be assured through measures to support agricultural production in the Sudan. The workshop was sponsored by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning of the Government of Sudan.

Investment roadmap for Sudan’s agriculture

The workshop included a presentation as well as a discussion panel. Dr. Freeman and the participants used the event to discuss the main findings of the study, particularly the technical and economic feasibility of producing commodity crops at commercial-scale. The study’s conclusions will be endorsed at the next summit of the Arab League. The Government of Sudan and the AFESD used the study to develop a food security model for planning the medium and long-term development of the Sudanese agricultural sector. The final aim then is to develop an investment roadmap for the agricultural sector in the country.

Developing Sudan’s resources through optimised irrigation

Within the Arab countries, Sudan is seen as a potential breadbasket: as wheat and sugar represent the most significant food gap in the region, Sudan with its supply from the Nile River and abundant land resources of about 186 million hectares is the main source for irrigation development in the Arab World. However, at the moment, the country’s water and land resources are largely under-developed. Lahmeyer identified 24 priority projects that support national development goals and that will contribute to the food security of the region including the construction of several major new schemes, modernization of existing irrigation systems, new groundwater irrigation, and livestock enhancement programs. Concerning the measures identified in the study, Lahmeyer is already today supporting the government with tender design and implementation of the irrigation projects that have been identified as the highest priority.

Bringing water to the individual farm

Bringing water to the individual farm

Wheat production at commercial scale

Wheat production at commercial scale

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