The UAE Food Security Office and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have taken a tremendous step ahead in joining efforts to strengthen food security in the UAE.
The collaboration with FAO objectives remodeling the Agriculture region to acquire the SDGs as nicely as to decorate meals protection in the UAE. The partnership has as essential objectives: making sure that absolutely everyone has access to safe, sufficient and nutritious food at all instances - specially during crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic - and enabling the nearby and federal governments to meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG two – ‘Zero Hunger.’
The task titled ‘Assessment and strategic evaluation of the food manipulate system’ brings FAO technical help to aid on assessing and enhancing the UAE food safety control device and in unique of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, constructing a baseline the usage of internationally customary excellent practices. The mission is anticipated to define a roadmap for authorities investments to make certain upkeep and upgrades to the meals structures over time, for this reason permitting it to tackle upcoming and evolving meals manipulate challenges. With an estimated value of round USD 218,000, this initiative is anticipated to run over 12 months and deliver about main improvements.
The second project titled ‘Transforming the meals and agriculture zone to reap the SDGs for superior Food Security and Nutrition,’ is predicted to run over 2 years and 8 months and is estimated to value round USD 3.6 million. This undertaking will make contributions to strategic FAO goals, inclusive of contributing to the eradication of hunger, making agriculture, forestry and fisheries greater productive and sustainable, lowering rural poverty, enabling extra environment friendly agricultural and meals structures and growing the resilience of livelihoods to threats and crises.
The second challenge particularly objectives at supporting the UAE in attaining the SDGs by means of strengthening the potential of its national partners, recommending exceptional practices and technologies for growing sustainable food production, merchandising nutrition policies for long-term health, making food systems extra effective, and stopping ailments that threaten plant and animal production. It outlines how it will meet these goals via three unique focal areas: utilising research, science and innovation, assisting a sustainable and progressive aquaculture sector, and remodeling the livestock area for enriched meals protection and nutrition. The mission addresses (5) enchancment areas for promoting the aquaculture area in the UAE: 1) challenge a feasibility exercise to enhance the competitiveness of the Recirculating Aquaculture System; 2) enforcing a tasting or pilot workout for bettering UAE’s local species of broodstock; 3) developing a information base of seafood consumption in the UAE; 4) investigating elements of biosecurity of fish farms; and finally 5) investigating offshore aquaculture systems.
“The two initiatives that the Food Security Office has signed with the FAO symbolize an vital step ahead in boosting food security for the place and improving the UAE’s ability to meet the United Nations’ SDGs. Although as a kingdom we are presently viewed food secure due to our strong political and monetary stance, the current COVID-19 pandemic has reiterated the want for us to increase our ability in the areas of meals production so that we can limit our reliance on these food supply chains, which presently convey in 90 percent of the country’s whole meals imports,” stated Her Excellency Mariam Almheiri, Minister of State for Food Security.
“Through these two engagements, the FAO will be enjoying an instrumental function in supporting the UAE meet its goal of becoming one of the pinnacle 10 food-secure countries in the world by 2021 and variety one through 2051. By enabling its home meals production to ramp up thru progressive clever agricultural strategies and the improvement of its aquaculture sector, it will also improve our functionality to decrease world malnutrition via assembly the UN’s SDGs, mainly SDG 2, the eradication of starvation through 2030,”added Her Excellency.
The two outlined initiatives will be implemented by the FAO’s Subregional Office for the Gulf Cooperation Council States and Yemen, in conjunction with the UAE Food Security Office amongst others. With admire to the second project ‘Transforming the food and agriculture quarter to gain the SDGs for enhanced Food Security and Nutrition,’ its implementation will make reference to the UAE and Saudi Arabia’s agreed-upon common food protection approach and its five goals: integration of agricultural investments; food safety and nutrition help systems; sustainable food manufacturing supported by technology, lookup and innovations; reducing meals loss and waste and integration of management and communication systems.
“The UAE is absolutely dedicated to ensure meals protection for all. The National Food Security Strategy of the UAE is internationally identified as a complete and ahead looking strategy to interact the public and private quarter in attaining food security in a sustainable way. FAO exceptionally appreciates the engagement of Her Excellency Mariam AlMheiri and the Food Security Office in guiding and assisting the improvement of the FAO Cooperation Programme” stated His Excellency Dino Francescutti, FAO Sub-Regional Coordinator of the GCC States and Yemen and FAO Representative in the UAE.
“The two initiatives signed with Her Excellency are fundamental building blocks on this cooperation programme. These initiatives will contribute via strategic channels to acquire food security, with the modern-day challenges brought by the COVID-19 emergency. The Director General of FAO recognizes the possibility given to FAO via the UAE to make contributions towards a profound transformation of the food system in the country and in the region” added His Excellency.