A new study issued by the Federation of Arab Chambers confirms that the sultanate is part of a high and safe nutritional index with its counterparts from the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, according to data from the Economist Intelligence Unit.
According to data extracted from the ‘Economic Intelligence Unit’, which includes 14 Arab countries, the study, published by the magazine ‘Al-Omran Al-Arabi’, issued by the Federation in its April issue, said that there are only six countries – Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, UAE and Bahrain – which are among the first 50 countries in the world in relation to the General Index of Food Security due to abundance and high purchasing power.
The study, entitled ‘Pandemic Repercussions COVID-19 on Global Food Supply Chains and their Risks to Arab Food Security’, stated that the food security of countries generally depends on a number of factors that can be classified under main headings – abundance, purchasing power, quality, safety, natural resources and flexibility, indicating that, by analogy, the arab world will not distance itself from the current crisis due to the implications of COVID-19 for these factors.
The study expected the Arab world to witness in the medium and long term, the continued decline in productivity gains on the productive and qualitative levels due to limited horizontal expansion. Therefore, it is very important to focus on vertical investment based on smart technology and international food safety standards, it said.
The study also expected that crop production will continue to dominate arab agricultural production, especially cereals, and that arab agricultural production will grow by 1.5 percent annually, and that the area of agricultural land in 2027 will remain at the same current levels, as meat production will grow by 2 per cent annually with growth of 2.8 percent annually.