MOCCAE Promotes Innovation in Food Systems in Cooperation with WFP & Food Tech Valley

MOCCAE Promotes Innovation in Food Systems in Cooperation with WFP & Food Tech Valley

The agreement highlights commitment of the Ministry to strengthen UAE food systems and agriculture, and to keep pace with the latest technologies

The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE), the World Food Programme (WFP), and the Food Tech Valley signed an MoU to strengthen innovation in food systems and agriculture. The MoU was signed during the UAE year of sustainability and as part of the Ministry’s preparations for COP28.

The agreement highlights the commitment of the Ministry to strengthen UAE food systems and agriculture, and to keep pace with the latest developments and technologies across the food value chain to achieve the objectives of the UAE National Food Security Strategy.

The agreement was signed by H.E Mohammed Saeed Al Nuaimi, Acting Undersecretary of MOCCAE; H.E Hesham Al Qassim, CEO at Wasl (company responsible for managing Food Tech Valley); Abdel Mageed Yahia, Director, United Nations World Food Programme Office in UAE and WFP’s Representative to the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries.

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H.E. Mohammed Saeed Al Nuaimi stressed the keenness of the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment to cooperate with the other parties to implement the objectives of the National Food Security Strategy to develop sustainable local production and promote smart technologies in food production.

He added: "Our collaboration with WFP and their Innovation Accelerator and the Food Tech Valley aims to exchange expertise and experiences that support the application of advanced solutions to manage the entire food system in the country.

"This is in order to achieve various nutritional, environmental and climate goals. Modern food systems represent a major pillar in our endeavours to enhance national food security. We aim to share our experience with the world, during COP28.

"The UAE encourages countries to sign the ‘Emirates Declaration on Resilient Food Systems, Sustainable Agriculture, and Climate Action’ to eliminate world hunger.”

H.E. concluded: "We are pleased with the continued cooperation with the World Food Programme and Food Tech Valley, and we look forward to strengthening this partnership to serve all our mutual goals."

H.E Hesham Al Qassim said: “Food security is one of the UAE’s strategic goals for the future of the country. Innovation and technology will help pave the way to achieve these goals, and solve some of the world’s greatest challenges, while food security can pave the path to peace, progress, and stability.

"We strive to deliver this positive impact at scale alongside the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment and the United Nations World Food Program, the world’s largest humanitarian organization.

"Our mission to create resilient food systems has been strengthened by this powerful and strategic partnership, and we look forward to future collaboration to address food security locally, regionally, and globally”.

Abdel Mageed Yahia said: “With the specialised expertise of our Innovation Accelerator, WFP’s specialised team, combined with vision of the Ministry and expertise of the Food Tech Valley, we can catalyse a revolutionary transformation in food systems, for more resilient and sustainable livelihoods.

"As per the MoU, the three parties will explore ways of cooperation to exchange information on key innovative initiatives and related opportunities that advance the shared priorities of MOCCAE, Food Tech Valley, and the WFP’s Innovation Accelerator.

"The three parties also agreed to share innovations that power the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals."

The agreement aims to mobilise funds and resources for the implementation of activities.

It also seeks to undertake studies, provide training, conduct boot camps, research, seminars, workshops, meetings, conferences, and symposia for the exchange experiences and other information that impact UAE, regional and global food security concerns.

The memorandum also focuses on cooperation to pioneer innovative solutions that address food security challenges and to collaborate in the undertaking of effective projects to address these challenges.

Additionally, it aims to contribute to the UAE 2050 agenda and COP28 commitments to global sustainability.

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