Agriculture and Food Security>>Marine and Fisheries


Agriculture provides the basis of subsistence for the population by production of food and raw materials. This sector constitute a large share of national output and employs a majority of the labor force in most developing countries. However, in recent times, Agriculture has experienced a number of severe shocks with record high oil prices, commodity price spikes, food security fears and resultant trade restrictions, not to mention the most serious global economic downturn since the 1930s. The greatest impact has been on the poor, especially in developing countries, with the world’s hungry now estimated at over 1 billion people. Fortunately, Agriculture has shown remarkable resilience with strong supply response to high prices and with continuing, albeit dampened, demands growth during the crisis.


In addressing this situation, D-8 Ministers of Agriculture Meeting on Food Security was held on 25-27 February 2009 in Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia. During the fruitful meeting, all the delegations adopted Kuala Lumpur Initiative to Address Food Security in D-8 Countries to face the challenges of global food crisis. The KL initiative identified three priority projects to be implemented among D-8 countries. The three projects are:

1.The productivity and supply of quality fertilizers
2.The productivity and supply of quality animal feeds
3.The creation of seed banks to supply quality seeds

The meeting also acknowledges the importance of information gathering among D-8 countries and agreed on the establishment of a market information service system in D-8 countries be initiated on animal feed, seed banks and fertilizers. The D-8 Ministers agreed that it is important to address the issues of standards and trade issues separately as it encompass all the three subject matters. Within this line, the meeting agreed to appoint prime movers to implement the initiatives as follows: 

1.Seed bank : Turkey & Iran
2.Animal Feed : Malaysia & Indonesia
3.Fertilizers : Egypt
4.Standards & Trade Issues : Iran & Turkey
5.Marine and Fisheries : Indonesia

This meeting was followed up by the 2nd D-8 Agricultural Ministerial Meeting on Food Security, which was held on 18th May 2011 in Tehran, Iran, during which the Ministers reiterated commitments made and goals set in the framework of the 6th D-8 Summit Meetings in Kuala Lumpur, 2008, the D-8 Roadmap for Economic Cooperation in the “Second Decade of Cooperation”, “Kuala Lumpur Initiatives to Ensure Food Security”, as well as the previous ministerial meetings, and emphasized that more focus needs to be given to formulation and implementation of concrete projects and activities to translate those goals into collective action by D-8 Group.

One of D-8 achievement in Food Security cooperation is the MoUs between OIC and D8, and D-8 and ECO, to Activate Joint Economic Cooperation. The MoU seeks to encourage the development of joint programs and projects in all sectors, especially in trade, agriculture and tourism, through utilization of the human and material resources of both organizations as well as poised to exchange experiences and expertise to ensure the speedy implementation of their various economic development programs.

Another progress that D-8 have been developing in the food security cooperation is the institutional development of these working groups, which a prime mover as a coordinator, with a permanent secretariat to follow-up, evaluate and implement the program and the activities. Also, in every meeting, these working groups will also inviting the participation of private sectors. Considering the interest of Member Countries to issues related to this area, agriculture is one the most promising areas of cooperation in D-8.  

The 3rd D-8 Agricultural Ministerial Meeting on Food Security and the Working Groups shall be held in Mataram, Indonesia, on 3-5 October 2012. 

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Subsequent to the KL Initiative, in the Marine Affairs & Fisheries sub-sector, several meetings have been held by D-8 Organization as follows:

1)The D-8 Consultative Meeting Of Working Group On Marine Affairs And Fisheries (Manado, Indonesia, 13 May 2009).
Indonesia produced the draft of the Terms of Reference of the WGMAF to the D-8 countries and the D-8 Secretariat. Member countries will submit their comments to Indonesia after they have received the draft ToR.


2)1st Ministerial Meeting on Marine and Fisheries & Fertilizers and 1st Senior Officials Meeting of the D-8 Working Group on Marine and Fisheries & Fertilizers (6-8 April 2010, Cairo – Egypt) 
On D-8 Working Group on Marine & Fisheries, the following topics were adopted:

Technology Transfer
1.Marine and fresh water aquaculture 
2.Fish feed manufacturing
3.Coral conservation and management
4.Exchange of researchers, technical staff and cooperation among research institutes 

Training Programs
1.Joint training courses in the field of marine, fresh and brackish water farming, hatchery technology and integrated aquaculture
2.Marine fisheries and inland waters management
3.Fish and fisheries processing  quality control  
4.Effectively make use of the available training programs organized by the D-8 Member Countries, such as the program of Malaysia and Egypt. The meeting agreed to provide the D-8 secretariat a list of the regular training courses in Member Countries and collect the training courses needed in as well. A list of training programs will be developed through the D-8 secretariat.
 
Fish Trade 
1.Enhance private sector role for joint investment and increase trade flows
2.Development of quality standard specifications
3.Identify tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade in fisheries
4.Exchange investment rules and requirements in the field of fisheries, aquaculture and related activities
5.Develop a Mutual Recognition Arrangements on fish quality and safety assurance 

Database Establishment 
  • Establish database at the Food Security Information Center in Cairo, Egypt

D-8 International events Participation
Member Countries are encouraged to coordinate their views during international meetings and gatherings. Any collective view on behalf of the D-8 Organization has to be confirmed by D-8 Secretariat. The Chair of the working group requested Member Countries to convey their views to the D8 Secretariat prior to announcing them in International conferences.



3)2nd Working Group Meeting on Marine and Fisheries (16 May 2011, Tehran, Iran).
The meeting took a decision that with regard to the draft TOR prepared by Indonesia, member countries should send their timely comments to the Secretariat.  Thus far Bangladesh, Malaysia and Pakistan has submitted it.

Contact point of D-8 Marine Affairs and Fisheries Cooperation are to be sent to D-8 Secretariat.



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WG on Marine Affairs & Fisheries

Bangladesh

Md. Anisur Rahman
Joint Secretary(Fish)
Telephone: 0088 029 514 201
Mobile  : 0088 01 715 315 854
Fax         : 0088 02951220
Email     : anisur3112@yahoo.coom

Egypt

Dr. Mahmoud Hussein Mohamed Ahmed
Chairman of General Authority for Fisheries Resources Development
Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation
Phone: +202 22620118
Fax: + 202 22620117
Mobile: + 201 001502501
Email: gafrdeg@hotmail.com


Indonesia

Mr. Anang Noegroho
Director of Center for International Marine and Fisheries Cooperation (PUSKITA)
Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries
Phone/Fax: +62 21 3864293
+ 62 21 3513308
Email: multilateralmmaf@gmail.com
multilateralmmaf@yahoo.co.id

Ms. Elvi Wijayanti
Deputy Director for Multilateral Cooperation
Secretariat General of Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries
Phone/Fax: +62-21-386 4293
+62-21-351 3308
Email: multilateralmmaf@yahoo.co.id
multilateralmmaf@gmail.com

Jaya Wijaya
Deputy Director of Institution, Directorate of Foreign Marketing
Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries
Phone: +62 21 352 1977
Fax: +62 21 352 1977
Email: kelembagaan_pln@yahoo.com
jaya_jw@yahoo.com


Iran

Dr. Hossein Ali Abdolhay (PhD)
Director of Aquaculture Development Department
Iran Fisheries Organization
Ministry of Agriculture
Phone: + 98 21 6694 3860
+ 98 21 6694 0692
Fax: + 98 21 6694 3870
Email: hossein_abdolhay@yahoo.com
abdolhay@mail.fisheries.ir

Mr. Mehdi Shakouri
Deputy Head of Aquaculture of Iran Fisheries Organization
Ministry of Agriculture
Mobile: +98 9128151783
Phone: +98 21 6694 1366
+98 21 6694 3860,
+98 21 6694 3852
+98 21 6694 0692
Fax: +98 21 6694 1367-9
+9821 6694 3870
Email: mehdishakori@yahoo.com

Mr. Ali Asghar Mojahedi
Director General for Fisheries Management of Iran Fisheries Organization
Ministry of Agriculture
Phone: +98 21 6694 3965
Fax: +98 21 6694 3852
Email: mojahedi-a@hotmail.com

Mr. Shahram Safi Yari
Seafood Quality and Processing Officer
Quality Improvement in Fisheries Industries and Market Promotion
Phone: +98 21 6694 2583,
+98 21 6694 3954
Fax. +9821-6694 1372
Email: pars2000@gmail.com


Malaysia

Mr. Ahmad Hazizi Bin Aziz
Director International, Trade and Investment Division, Department of Fisheries Malaysia Level 2, Tower Block 4G2, Wisma Tani, Precinct 4, 62628 Putrajaya, Malaysia
Phone: +603-8870 4212 (ext: 4213)
Fax: +603-8889 1195
Email: ahazizi@dof.gov.my

Mr. Abdul Rahman Bin Abdul Wahab
Head, International Section International, Trade and Investment Division, Department of Fisheries Malaysia, Level 2, Tower Block 4G2, Wisma Tani, Precinct 4, 62628 Putrajaya, Malaysia
Phone: +603 8870 4210
Fax: +603 8889 1195
Email: rahman_wahab@dof.gov.my

Nigeria

Foluke Omotayo Areola
Head of Departement, Federal Departement of Fisheries, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
Phone: +234 803 320 5882
+ 234 705 989 7445
Email areolaf@yahoo.com
foareola@gmail.com
areola.f@fmard.gov.ng


Pakistan

Mr. Ashsal Saleem
Email : ashsal07@hotmail.com


Turkey

Mr. Ramazan Celebi
Head of Department
General Directorate of Fisheries and Aquaculture
Phone: +90 312 286 8701 Ext.: 3033
Email: ramazan.celebi@tarim.gov.tr

Dr. Atilla Özdemir
Engineer
Phone: +90 312 287 33 60-3039
Fax: +90 312 286 37 54
Email: atilla.ozdemir@tarim.gov.tr

Hüseyin Dede
Engineer
Phone: +90 312 287 33 60 - 3026
Fax: +90 312 286 5178
Email: huseyin.dede@tarim.gov.tr

Mehmet Çakmak
Engineer
Phone: +90 312 287 33 60-3026
Fax: +90 312 286 5123
Email: mehmet.cakmak@tarim.gov.tr

Mr. Erkan Gozgozglu
Eskisehir Yolu 9 Km Lodumlu- ANKARA-TURKEY
Head of Department, Aquaculture Department,
General Directorate of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Ministry of Food Agriculture and Livestock
Phone: +90 312 286 7592
Fax: +90 312 286 3754
Email. Erkan.gozgozoglu@tarim.gov.tr



-2nd Working Group Meeting on Marine Affairs and Fisheries (16 May 2011 Tehran-Iran)
-3rd Working Group Meeting on Marine Affairs and Fisheries (3 October 2012, Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara-Indonesia)