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Biography

Biography

Dr. Muhammad Waqar Ashraf

Dean, College of Sciences & Human Studies, Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University 

Dr. Muhammad Waqar Ashraf is Professor & Dean of College of Sciences & Human Studies at Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University. Prior to joining PMU, he worked at Department of Chemistry, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. His research interests include Analytical Chemistry, Organo-metallic Chemistry, Sustainability & Waste Effluents Treatment technologies. He is author of over 80 research publications and a book. Dr. Ashraf has successfully carried out funded research projects related to environmental issues in the Kingdom, funded by King Abdulaziz City of Science & Technology (KACST) and SABIC. He has presented his research work at various renowned international conferences held at England, Italy, Canada, Greece and the Netherland. He acts as a reviewer for KACST and other reputed scientific journals. He has been member of editorial boards and chaired conference organizational committees. Dr.Ashraf is an active member of Environmental Technology & Management Association (ETMA) and American Chemical Society (ACS) Saudi Arabian Chapter. Currently, he is Assistant to Vice President for Academic Affairs. He is the member of various university committees and Secretary General of the Scientific Council. 

Abstract

Abstract

Sustainable Food Future Scenarios: A Study in Saudi Arabia

Human societies rely heavily on food systems. Developing sustainable, nutritious, and healthy food systems is critical to meet the goals of sustainable development. Food security refers to the availability of foods that are sufficient, nutritious, and safe to meet the needs of all people at all times. The concept encompasses food availability, accessibility, and sufficiency. The complex politics that underpin food production, distribution, and consumption are frequently overlooked. Food security is critical in Saudi Arabia because it is a large country with a young population. The current study examines various factors influencing food consumption in Saudi Arabia’s local population and connects them to the supply chain. Various future scenarios are discussed in order to develop sustainable food consumption practices in Saudi Arabia. The current study’s central question is to investigate scenarios for feeding Saudi Arabia’s population in 2050. This work also looks at the opportunities that exist at the intersection of food and smart technologies. Furthermore, the scenarios discuss the roles of society and technological advancements in Saudi food conservation and consumption. Among the scenarios considered, the “Local is the New Global” scenario appeared to be the more desirable future. Many important steps can be taken in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia in this regard to secure food for the future. 

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