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Overcoming water scarcity in the face of climate change focus of talks with Oman's Agriculture Minister

The Director-General praises Near East and North African countries' progress, despite the challenges

4 July 2017, Rome - Ways in which Oman and other Arab states can overcome water scarcity in the face of climate change was the focus of talks between FAO Director-General and Yousuf bin Ja’afar bin Mohammed Al-Sajwani, Oman's Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries. 

Water scarcity is one of the most challenging issues not only for Oman, but "for countries all the way from China to Morocco and Mauritania," the Minister noted. 

In the Near East and North Africa region, the per capita renewable water availability is around 600 cubic metres per person per year - only 10 percent of the world average - and drops to just 100 cubic metres in some countries.

Watch the Minister's remarks following the meeting (Arabic):