QBG unveils education program on Food Security in Qatar

QBG unveils education program on Food Security in Qatar

December 20, 2017

Being an active member of Qatar Foundation, the Qur’anic Botanic Garden (QBG) conducted an ambitious program for high school students to motivate them to engage with the State's endeavors of food security and meeting the community's need for agricultural products, as those students are young people of today and future leaders of tomorrow.

With the blockade imposed on the State of Qatar, the need to raise the value of food security is particularly urgent, especially with the regional developments. Taking into consideration that Qatar produces about 20-30% of its total agricultural food before the blockade, relying on imports from many countries around the world.

The program tackles the issue of encouraging young Qataris to study agricultural topics by providing subjects with sufficient knowledge of the modern methods that make it easier to overcome the environmental problems facing farmers and make investment feasible in this vital sector.

In accordance with the High Directives of His Highness the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani on July 21, 2017, which directed the society, businesspersons, investors and government sectors to work together to diversify sources of income, increase the pace of food security projects and increase the area of ​​agriculture.

The program comprises of 12  workshops that draw precise context for students, and make them easily understand the modern agricultural techniques in Qatar. These workshops include:

  • Land preparation and processing for agriculture,
  • Soil and its characteristics and the suitability of each type for certain types of agricultural crops,
  • The identification of modern irrigation methods, and models being used in Qatar and other succeeded nations,
  • The Qatari climate conditions,
  • The improved seeds and their vital role in agricultural developments,
  • The integrated pest management (IPM),
  • Plant nutrition for access to high yielding,
  • The opportunities and challenges of organic agriculture initiatives in Qatar,
  • The Hydroponics agriculture techniques.

The program also aims to introduce trainees to the marketing mechanisms of the Qatari agricultural product and the role of extension in supporting food security in Qatar and to identify national initiatives to support agriculture in Qatar.

QBG also offers an educational field trip for students to learn about the country's leading farms in agricultural production.

The program includes 60 students who are nominated from 12 schools. The program contains theoretical and practical content that meet all students' expectations and ensures that the information is easily conveyed to the student's mind.

It is worth mentioning that the first batch of the program was launched in early October 2017, and will conclude training by the end of January 2018. The second batch for girls will start from the first week of February 2018 till end of April 2018.