Minister Highlights Agri-Tech, Innovation for Improving Livelihoods
H.E Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, participated in the Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting in Bali as part of the G20 Summit, hosted under the presidency of the Republic of Indonesia.
At a session themed ‘Innovative Agri-preneurship through Digital Agriculture to Improve Farmers’ Livelihood in Rural Areas’, Her Excellency spoke about the UAE’s efforts that use innovation and agri-tech to support smallholder farmers and enhance their contribution to food security.
On this occasion, H.E Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri said: “The UAE realized the importance of utilizing innovations and agri-tech tools very early on because of its arid environment that provides less-than-favorable conditions for agriculture.
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"To overcome these obstacles, we are leveraging the latest technologies and incentivizing entrepreneurship in the food and agricultural sectors.
Our journey has been truly remarkable, from simple irrigation systems and low-tech net houses to seasonal crops, all the way to today’s high-tech controlled-environment systems that enable us to grow a wide variety of produce year-round.”
Furthermore, Her Excellency highlighted the UAE’s agricultural projects in developing countries aimed at helping resource-limited and marginalized people in rural communities, particularly women and youth, achieve sustainable income as well as food and nutrition security.
The Minister also attended two other sessions, dedicated to building resilient and sustainable agriculture and food systems and promoting open, fair, predictable, transparent, and non-discriminatory agricultural trade to ensure availability and affordability of food for everyone.
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