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The eradication of hunger was the main concern of the Arab agriculture ministers, who met in Rome at the FAO Regional Conference for the Near East.The Rome Declaration's strong recognition of the effects of climate change on food production reflects a significant positive change.An example of poor management is that irrigation efficiency in 19 Arab countries is less than 46 percent. According to AFED reports, raising this figure to 70 percent would save 50 billion cubic meters of water per year. Switching food types is an effective way to improve food security.Reports of the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development showed that fish production in the Arab region can be exponentially increased, boosting both food security and good health.Yet there are those who consider it impossible to achieve reasonable levels of food self-sufficiency in the Arab region. While this might be true in many cases, AFED experts believe that Arab countries can realize high levels of self-sufficiency and food security, mainly by enhancing cooperation among Arab countries in food production, based on comparative advantages.
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