Sunday, August 1, 2021

Emirates Food Security discusses post-Corona challenges

Dubai (Etihad)

The Emirates Food Security Council held its second meeting this year, and reviewed the developments and recommendations of previous meetings and the achievements that have been achieved over the past period, in addition to reviewing the food trade data in the country for the year 2020 and the Food and Agriculture Organization of Food Price Index.
This came during a virtual meeting of the Council, which was held under the chairmanship of Her Excellency Maryam bint Mohammed Al Muhairi, Minister of State for Food and Water Security, and in the presence of council members including representatives of the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology, the Ministry of Health and Community Protection, and the Ministry of Education Education, the National Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority, Dubai Municipality, Sharjah Health Authority, Ajman Municipality and Planning Department, Umm Al Quwain Municipality, Ras Al Khaimah Environmental Protection and Development Authority, and Fujairah Municipality. During the meeting, Her Excellency Maryam Al Muhairi confirmed that the UAE’s interest in the food security file is growing in light of global changes that require finding practical solutions to the challenges of the entire food value chain, noting that the Emirates Food Security Council is working to translate the directives and visions of the wise leadership into projects, initiatives and procedures, from It will develop a food sector that is possible with modern technology in all the emirates of the country.
Her Excellency said: “The UAE has proven its ability to face all challenges, and succeeded in testing its readiness, as we were able to put in place frameworks that contributed to building an infrastructure ready to deal in various changes and circumstances,” adding: The work model provided by the Emirates Food Security Council is nothing but An example of the spirit of joint cooperation through which we seek to enhance national food security and contribute to the sustainable development system in the UAE as part of the preparation for the fiftieth year. During the meeting, the Office of Food and Water Security reviewed the recommendations that were implemented, and the food trade data for the year 2020, which showed comprehensive growth in all food trade indicators during the year 2020, where it was the highest performance compared to the past five years. In 2020, food import grew by 22.8%, export by 49.7%, and re-export by 12.7%, compared to 2019, which reflects the efficiency of work teams in providing all food needs in all parts of the country during the “Covid-19” pandemic. The office also reviewed the FAO Food Price Index, which is the index used to measure the monthly change in international prices for five groups of basic food commodities: cereals, oils, dairy, meat, and sugar.
The Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority also reviewed the smart data panel for agriculture and food, which contains all data related to food.
The meeting reviewed the efforts of the “National Committee to Facilitate Global Food Trade and Diversify Food Import Sources” headed by the Ministry of Economy, where recommendations were agreed upon, by identifying countries producing and exporting strategic commodities and linking these countries to the Global Logistics Passport initiative.

The economic feasibility of providing modern farms with carbon dioxide gas in order to contribute to enhancing agricultural productivity, as carbon dioxide is an important component of modern agricultural technology farms, and sewage water was discussed, as this water can be used for cooling purposes in farms.

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