Dubai: The UAE’s full focus will be on food security- and that means developing ‘food hubs’ to make it happen.
The strategy of the UAE is to create two hubs – one to promote food trade by offering a diverse food basket, and two, to promote knowledge and innovation to encourage localised farming of products most suited for hot arid regions,” said Mariam Bint Mohammed Al Mheiri, UAE Minister of Climate Change & Environment.
She was talking at the second Future Food Forum.
At the event, Saleh Lootah, who heads the UAE F&B Manufacturing Group, signed a MoU with Abdulla Al Falasi, Director-General of Dubai Government Human Resources Department and Vice Chairman of the Emirati Human Resources Development Council, to increase the percentage of Emirati workforce in the food sector to 5 per cent in the next five years.
“The remarkable growth by the UAE in its overall food security environment, evident in the Global Food Security Index 2021, highlights the role of our industry in supporting the nation’s food security strategy,” said Lootah.
More than 500 industry professionals are attending the two-day event. The themes revolve around the value-add of digitalisation, sustainability considerations, the role of innovation and the need to promote a culture of inclusiveness to mark the transformation of the industry.