Posted: 26.05.2023 17:17:00

Expert: Belarus fully ensures food safety based on its own production

The Director of the Belarusian NAS’ Institute of System Research in Agriculture, a corresponding member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Doctor of Economics, Prof. Andrei Pilipuk, commented on the topic

“Belarus fully ensures food safety on the basis of its own production, simultaneously making a significant contribution to the formation of the agro-food market in the Eurasian region. Last year, the country reached a record figure in food supplies to foreign market: $8.3bn, which was 24 percent more than in 2021. Agriculture provided a significant increase in production at comparable prices: 3.6 percent. Belarus interacts and promotes its own positive experience as a country that is self-sufficient and independent in its relations in the international arena. Our experts regularly participate in the FAO Council’s sessions, the World Food Security Committee and regional conferences on ensuring the quality of nutrition of the population, increasing the sustainability of agro-food systems, reducing food loss, promoting initiatives and national projects in the field of preserving agricultural heritage, providing innovations and consulting services for agricultural producers. Interestingly, the FAO indicator reflecting the energy value of the population's diet as a percentage of the average need makes 134 in Belarus – against a sufficient indicator of 100,” Mr. Pilipuk explained.

The scientist added, “Belarus is confidently implementing the strategy defined by its Food Security Doctrine until 2030, which was jointly developed by the National Academy of Sciences and state administration bodies, and which was approved by the Government. I would like to note that, without exception, all the goals in the field of improving the quality of nutrition of the population, sustainable growth in agricultural and food production, strengthening the competitive potential of domestic producers in the domestic and foreign markets are consistently implemented regardless of the influence of foreign economic factors and global challenges to food security.”