Emirates News Agency – The UAE delegation reviews the global food security agenda during its visit to the Netherlands

AMSTERDAM, June 14 / WAM/ The UAE delegation headed by Her Excellency Maryam bint Mohammed Al Muhairi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, concluded a visit to the Netherlands, during which he participated in the Green Technology Amsterdam 2022 and Expo Floriad 2022, which represent leading global platforms for modern agricultural methods and technologies and food security. .

Accompanied by His Excellency Jamal Al Musharrakh, UAE Ambassador to the Netherlands and Commissioner-General of the country’s pavilion at the “Floria 2022” exhibition, the members of the delegation exchanged discussion with a group of their Dutch counterparts on the exchange of knowledge and experiences, and were briefed on many innovative modern agricultural technologies and solutions.

During their stay in the Netherlands, the delegation visited the Expo Floriad 2022 Horticultural Exhibition, which is held once every 10 years. During the visit, the delegation visited the UAE pavilion in the exhibition titled “Salt Water Cities: Where the Land Meets the Sea” presented by the Ministry of Culture and Youth and the Sheikha Salama Bint Hamdan Foundation And the National Projects Office, and it highlights the UAE’s journey to sustainability, and deals with the details of adapting to the desert environment with its hot and dry climate, the challenge of fresh water scarcity, and the ability of rational leadership to take advantage of the available resources to transform the country into a global model for leading social and economic development while preserving biodiversity. and natural resources.

The delegation visited the floating farm in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, which is the first floating farm in the world and includes a group of livestock (40 cows), and produces fresh milk in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner using innovative agricultural methods and techniques.

The delegation also toured the Amsterdam Green Technology Exhibition 2022, which represents a global gathering of horticultural specialists and a leading platform to showcase the latest technologies and innovations in this field, where they were briefed on a wide range of innovative technologies and solutions.

In her opening speech as part of her participation in the exhibition, Her Excellency Maryam bint Mohammed Al Muhairi said: “Climate change and food insecurity are increasing in severity globally, posing a threat to the lives and livelihoods of millions of people, and with expectations that their impacts will escalate over the next few decades, we owe it For future generations to work and enhance cooperation to find innovative ways and solutions that guarantee them a bright future, a future with abundant resources and a secure climate.” .

She added: “To ensure that the world’s rapidly growing population is fed and the challenge of hunger is eradicated, we need to expand the adoption of climate-smart farming systems that have a low carbon footprint and are able to adapt to the current and future consequences of climate change, and we also need to re-establish Thinking fully about our future food systems and continuing to innovate every step we take into the future.” .

She pointed out that the UAE is working at an effective pace to transform its food systems into sustainable systems by employing modern technologies, taking advantage of innovative solutions, and enhancing cooperation and partnerships between all components of the local community in the first place, and global cooperation in general, and we have set ourselves an ambitious goal to make the UAE a center A global leader in innovation-based food security, and a leading exporter of climate-smart agricultural technology solutions.

As part of the visit, the delegation participated in the “Emirates Hour” event organized by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment in cooperation with the Green Technology Exhibition Amsterdam 2022, in line with the country’s keenness to exchange experiences and work from other countries to face global challenges.

During the event, Jamal Al Musharrakh, UAE Ambassador to the Netherlands, and Ludi Imbrechts, Netherlands Ambassador to the UAE, highlighted areas of cooperation between the two countries in the field of food security, and the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment reviewed the country’s orientations towards sustainable food systems, and Al Wasl Group presented Al-Osoul explains about the Food Technology Valley project – the leading agricultural technology city in Dubai.

As part of the event, the Abu Dhabi Investment Office and the Emirates Development Bank presented their financing programs for the agricultural technology sector, and Salal Company presented its vision on “creating future production for food and flower systems.”

As part of the visit, and in the presence of HE Maryam Al Muhairi, HE Jamal Al Musharkh and HE Jan Kees Guet, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality of the Netherlands, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance cooperation in building and creating sustainable and climate-smart food systems.

According to the memorandum, the Dutch Ministry of Climate Change and Environment and the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality will work together to enhance food security by relying on technology-based solutions to enhance the capabilities of the agricultural sector with a focus on horticulture, poultry production and food processing, encouraging mutual investments in responsible agriculture and facilitating agribusiness exchange. .

The memorandum also includes the exchange of knowledge and experiences on sustainable food production within the framework of the relationship between water, energy and food, the implementation of joint research and development programs, ensuring mutual compatibility of food safety standards, and increasing cooperation in the Agricultural Innovation Initiative for Climate, jointly launched by the UAE and the United States of America with the aim of increasing and accelerating Investments in climate-resilient agriculture.

Other aspects of cooperation included in the memorandum of understanding include promoting the Food Technology Valley between technology developers and investors in the Netherlands, encouraging Dutch start-ups and small and medium-sized companies to participate in the global food technology challenge launched by the UAE, in addition to organizing joint seminars and exhibitions in the fields of agriculture and food safety and security.

His Excellency Jamal Al Musharrakh, UAE Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Commissioner-General of the State Pavilion at Expo Floriad 2022, stressed that the visit of the UAE delegation headed by Her Excellency Maryam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Al Muhairi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment to the Kingdom of the Netherlands represents an opportunity to enhance cooperation between the two countries and a new start towards developing partnerships in Various sectors and benefit from the Dutch experience in enhancing the country’s efforts in the field of food security by devoting modern technologies and innovations in promoting research and development fields.

In turn, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the country said, “We are pleased with the visit of the Emirati delegation to the Netherlands, which includes more than 50 officials from the government and private sectors and businessmen. It is connecting business and promoting companies between our two countries which is really great and it is a great starting point for further cooperation as well as an opportunity to follow up on what we have been doing during Dubai Expo 2020 in terms of fruitful cooperation.

The delegation includes representatives from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, the Ministry of Economy, the Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority, the Abu Dhabi Investment Office, the Government of Ras Al Khaimah, the Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park, Mubadala, DP World, Dubai Airport Free Zone, and Sharjah Investment and Development Authority / Shurooq. /, the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA), the Emirates Development Bank, Khalifa University, Al Wasl Asset Management Group, Issa Al Ghurair Investment Corporation, Ghassan Aboud Group, Lulu International Group, Basil and Al Badia Farms Company, Madar, Emirates Vital Farm, Elite Agro Group, In addition to representatives of the youth group,

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