- The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE), the World Food Programme (WFP), and the Food Tech Valley have signed an MOU to strengthen innovation in food systems and agriculture.
- The MOU was signed as part of the UAE’s preparations for the upcoming COP28 and aims to align with the objectives of the UAE National Food Security Strategy.
- The partnership will focus on developing sustainable local production and promoting smart technologies in food production.
- The collaboration aims to exchange expertise and experiences that support the application of advanced solutions in managing the entire food system in the UAE.
- The agreement also seeks to mobilize funds to implement activities, including studies, training, research, and workshops that impact UAE, regional, and global food security concerns.
The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE), the World Food Programme (WFP), and the Food Tech Valley have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to bolster innovation in food systems and agriculture. The MOU was signed during the UAE’s year of sustainability and is part of the Ministry’s preparations for the Conference of the Parties COP28, which will be hosted in Dubai later this year.
Signatories and Objectives
The MOU was signed by H.E. Mohammed Saeed Al Nuaimi, Acting Undersecretary of the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment; His Excellency Hesham Al Qassim, Vice Chairman & CEO at Wasl, the company responsible for managing Food Tech Valley; and Abdel Mageed Yahia, Director of the United Nations World Food Programme Office in the UAE. The agreement aims to strengthen UAE food systems and agriculture and keep pace with technological advancements across the food value chain.
Areas of Collaboration
The collaboration aims to exchange expertise and experiences to manage the entire food system in the country, focusing on achieving various nutritional, environmental, and climate goals. The partnership will explore ways of cooperation to exchange information on key innovative initiatives and related opportunities that advance the shared priorities of the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, Food Tech Valley, and the WFP’s Innovation Accelerator.
Funding and Activities
The MOU aims to mobilize funds and resources for implementing various activities. These include conducting studies, providing training, organizing boot camps, research, seminars, workshops, and conferences to exchange experiences and information impacting food security at local, regional, and global levels.
Global Impact and Sustainability
The collaboration seeks to pioneer innovative solutions that address food security challenges and contribute to the UAE 2050 agenda and COP28 commitments to global sustainability. It also aims to advance the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals by sharing innovations that power these objectives.