In collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, The Research Council (TRC), represented by the team responsible for drafting the National Strategy for Research and Development (NSRD) 2020-40 held a workshop for the food-energy-water nexus theme cluster of the strategy at the Institute of Oil and Gas on Tuesday.

The workshop is part of the second phase of the project, which is aimed at the collection of data and information, generation of ideas and suggestions, in order to define the research priorities for the coming phase (2020-40). This is to align the priorities with the pillars of Oman Vision 2040, the strategic approaches of the different sectors and the sultanate’s efforts towards sustainable development.

There will be one more workshop later this month on the third theme cluster of the strategy that is intellectual capital.

The brainstorming raised in this workshop and best practices shared and discussed helped drafting the outputs of the workshop.

Dr Jamilla bint Ali al Hinaiya, director of the project of the NSRD 2020-40, said, “Food security is a key pillar for global development and the accompanying liberalisation of trade, the steady growth of the population, as well as climate change, natural disasters and political tensions. Food security issues are on the top national priorities in all countries around the world, where sustainable food security is considered an integral part for achieving sustainable development goals.”

The NSRD 2020-40 is concerned with turning knowledge into money, which refers to the actual utilisation of research to generate income.

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