FSCAD to examine enhancing regional food security at SIAL Middle East 2017

ABU DHABI, 10th December, 2017 (WAM) — The Food Security Centre – Abu Dhabi, FSCAD, is set to discuss ways of enhancing food security in the context of the current regional developments as part of the Abu Dhabi Food Security Roundtables, to be held on the sidelines of 8th edition of SIAL Middle East, the region’s food and beverage innovation exhibition.

Set to kick off on 12th December 2017 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, ADNEC, the expert-led sessions will draw the participation of senior government officials, CEOs, and specialists in food security and explore potential partnership opportunities between the government and private sectors to achieve the region’s food security goals.

Khalifa Al Ali, Managing Director of FSCAD, said, “In convening the annual Abu Dhabi Food Security Roundtables, FSCAD seeks to reiterate the importance of food security as a strategic component of our national security. This is especially relevant in the context of the current regional developments.”

“The countries in the GCC region in general, and the UAE in particular, are highly vulnerable to the challenges of food security due to the limited availability of arable land, scarcity of water resources, rapid population growth and the high cost of agriculture, among other factors.

“Such challenges mandate greater collaboration between our public and private sector entities, and the development of long-term policies and strategies that contribute to improving agricultural productivity, while also taking necessary steps to achieve self-sufficiency in food production,” he added.

Abu Dhabi Food Security Roundtables will comprise two sessions, titled ‘Regional developments and their impact on food security in the countries of the region’, and ‘Government and private sector partnership model for enhancing food security in the region’s countries’.

As one of the most important tools that can be leveraged to promote and ensure national food security, the UAE is keen to step up synergies between the two sectors in developing national food security strategies.

Set to run from 12th to 14th December, SIAL Middle East 2017 is anticipated to draw the participation of more than 22,000 experts and over 900 exhibitors from food security focused entities.

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