The Emirates Food Security Council discussed global food security challenges and their local implications, in partnership with relevant federal and local authorities, and in the presence of a group of experts in major food commodity markets, who referred to the most important results of Food Insecurity. Experience Survey, the World Grain Council estimates report, and monitor the availability of major food products and storage levels in preparation for facing international changes and geopolitical conflicts and their economic impacts represented by high prices.
This came as Minister for Climate Change and Environment, Chairperson of the Emirates Food Safety Council, Maryam bint Mohammed Al Muhairi, was chairing the first meeting of the Emirates Food Safety Council, in the presence of Council members and representatives of the General Director of the National Authority for the Management of Emergencies, Crises and Disasters, the Regional Agricultural Office of the United States of America and the Federal Center for Competitiveness and Statistics.
Maryam Al Muhairi welcomed the members of the Emirates Food Security Council and highlighted the vital role of the Council within the country’s food security system, being the central authority in charge of monitoring the implementation of the national food security strategy. and supervise the implementation of plans and directions aimed at improving food production and management, the food value chain, establishing pioneering food projects and supporting the economy at the national level, improving the competitiveness of the state and working on the contribution of the community to achieve food security in the Emirates.
She said: “The UAE continues to achieve its goal of reaching the top of the world food security index by 2051, and we look forward to further achievements and successes in the food security file in the current year 2022, and to harness the data to contribute to development. of deliberate strategies that promote the transition to a sustainable future and ensure the supply of safe and healthy food at affordable prices.
He added: “Understanding urgent global challenges is the way to meet them and overcome the possibilities of global food insecurity, and this requires urgent action by all to think about food more holistically and consider its role as a lynchpin.” factor to achieve a qualitative change towards a better future, which is what the UAE is working on through investment in agricultural technology and coordination of the efforts of actors from international organizations, agricultural institutions and other stakeholders” .
He highlighted the priority of the food security file for the UAE and the importance of building capacities to face the challenges posed by global changes such as the Corona pandemic, which have weighed on the continuity and security of global food chains, without mentioning the conditions and conflicts we are witnessing in parts of the world that affect the global food supply, calling for additional steps to be taken to enhance food security capacities to meet urgent challenges.
At their first meeting, members of the Emirates Food Security Council discussed a number of important mechanisms to improve the country’s food security. The meeting began with a speech by the Chairman of the Emirates Food Safety Council and the Secretary General of the Emirates Food Safety Council. The debates addressed the impact of international conflicts on the country’s food system and the impact of the high prices of basic products. The meeting reviewed ways of cooperation to support local products and ensure compliance with food legislation.