UAE’s Global Food Security Index Improvements And The Upcoming Global Trends Discussed With The Food Policy Benchmarking Tool’s Architects
The UAE's modern climb up the International Food Protection Index to become one of the globe's most food secure nations and the creating trends concerning worldwide food security created the emphasis of a webinar session, with Her Excellency Mariam Almheiri, Minister of State for Food Safety And Security on Wednesday (17 June 2020) as well as reps from the Economist Intelligence Unit (The EIU) - the engineers of the index.
The virtual meeting begun with Her Excellency Almheiri discussing the integral function that the Global Food Security Index plays as the benchmark for the Food Security Office's efforts and also in helping the workplace fulfill its mandate of making certain that everyone in the UAE has accessibility to safe, enough as well as healthy food for an active and healthy and balanced life at inexpensive costs whatsoever times, consisting of emergency situations as well as dilemmas.
" The Food Safety and security Office considers the International Food Protection Index to be one of the most accurate measure of our success in boosting the UAE's food security standing. The index's 34 distinct indicators create a complicated set of matrices that we depend on to assess the effect of our efforts. As a matter of fact, such is the store that we position in the precision and impact of the index that increasing our placement on it every year is among our substantive targets at the Food Security Office," stated Her Excellency.
" The 2017 Global Food Protection Index, provided in December 2 months after the office was established, placed the UAE at 33rd area out of 113 nations. In December 2019, one of the most recent International Food Protection Index disclosed that the UAE had actually leapt from 31st position in 2018 to 21st position in 2019-- a remarkable 10-place leap. We remain to aim to be number one by 2051," included Her Excellency.
Reviewing the function of The Economist Intelligence Unit, Jonathan Birdwell, The EIU's Regional Director of Public Policy commented: "The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is faced with a variety of pressing challenges, ranging from a raised demand for food, to severe environment adjustment as well as a deficiency of freshwater sources. By examining the core issues of food safety and security via the lens of the GFSI, the UAE can strengthen the discussion around the drivers of, as well as remedies to, food security."
Highlighting that the UAE's purpose is to increase technology-enabled residential food production and that the nation's National Food Security Method, introduced in November 2018, consists of a target of increasing domestic production yield from such techniques by 30% by 2021 among 9 various other calculated targets, Her Excellency said that the best objective of the UAE is to enhance its food security by coming to be a globe leading hub for innovation-driven food safety.
Her Excellency additionally stressed that the establishment of the Food Safety And Security Workplace as well as the launch of the National Food Security Technique had been instrumental consider assisting the UAE browse the existing COVID-19 pandemic by allowing it to implemented frameworks to ensure that its people as well as residents are delighting in proceeded access to cost effective materials of food.
Her Excellency highlighted the important duty of the Emirates Food Security Council at this crucial time, with the steps it has required to ensure the ongoing availability of food for citizens and residents. These include protecting alternative resources of essential food items from adjoining countries, activating programs to keep an eye on the circulation of food as well as avoid any supply chain interruptions, and established backup strategies such as using passenger aircraft to transport disposable products.
Restating the UAE's commitment to working with all actors from the state as well as economic sectors at both the national as well as global levels to ensure that food safety becomes a reality for the nation, Her Excellency concluded by stating that, along with her colleagues, she is looking forward to the trip to take the UAE to the number one place on the EIU's Worldwide Food Protection Index.
"For the UAE to achieve the leading placement on the Worldwide Food Safety Index will certainly mean so much greater than the simple standing of being leading on a significant world rating system, it will have proved that the nation has successfully installed a plan to transform its food system right into a model that has sustainability at its core. It will demonstrate how the latest modern technology combined with a dedicated approach, expert administration and also a devoted will to do well, can take a country with essentially no all-natural capability for food production to end up being the worldwide leader in food security," stated Her Excellency.