Data from 2018 valued food and beverage imports at around 3.3 billion USD (12 billion Qatari Riyals), decreasing to 2.9 billion USD in 2019.
The figures below illustrate the percentage of the total 2019 import value split across several food and beverage categories.
The good news is that political relationships across the GCC region are improving daily, which has lifted barriers to international trade allowing goods to start moving smoothly back into Qatar.
What’s interesting about this situation is how Qatar strategically handled the blockade to ensure long-term food security through promoting local production.
Despite Qatar’s warm climate, which results in adverse farming conditions, some of the most profitable locally produced goods include date palm, vegetables, cereals, fruits, meat, fish, and dairy products.
Thanks to the Qatar National Food Security Programme, the Qatari government is committed to boost domestic food production and agriculture to create and promote self-sufficiency throughout the country.
Through Hassad Food, a wholly owned subsidiary of Qatar Investment, Qatar has also purchased arable land in Sudan, Australia, Kenya, Brazil, Vietnam and the Philippines in order to diversify the range of food produce and ingredients needed to reach the government’s 2030 self-sufficiency milestone.