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Minister of State for Food and Water Security

Recognising the importance of food security and the necessity to achieve self-sufficiency in food, the UAE Cabinet appointed aMinister of State for Food and Water Security, Her Excellency Mariam bint Mohammed Al Mheiri. Responsibilities of the Minister of State for Food and Water Securityinclude conducting research and applying modern technology to achieve food security.

National Food Security Strategy

Read about the National Food Security Strategy on this portal.

Download infographic about the national food security strategy (PDF, 250 KB).

Emirates Council for Food Security

The UAE Cabinet launched the Emirates Council for Food Security (ECSF) to strengthen the efforts of national authorities to achieve food security, as well as for meeting the goals of the National Food Security Strategy.

Members

Minister of State for Food Security chairs the council, membership to which includes representatives from Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Ministry of Energy and Industry, Ministry of Health and Community Protection, Ministry of Education, and National Authority for Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management.

Scope of work

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The scope of the council’s work includes the following:

National system for sustainable agriculture

On 28 June 2020, the UAE Cabinet approved the national system for sustainable agriculture to improve the efficiency of farms, enhance self-sufficiency in food and create new opportunities to ensure that the agriculture sector is always ranked among the best. The national system for sustainable agriculture seeks to:

  • increase self-sufficiency from the targeted agricultural crops to 5 percent annually
  • increase of average farm income to 10 percent annually
  • raise workforce in the sector by 5 percent annually
  • achieve a 15 percent annual reduction in water used for irrigation of a production unit.

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The Food Security Dashboard of Dubai

In June 2020, H. H. Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman, Dubai's Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management, launched The Food Security Dashboard of Dubai.

The Dashboard is capable of using artificial intelligence and data analytics to rapidly measure the five important indicators of food security:

  1. the supply index
  2. stock availability
  3. local production
  4. consumption levels
  5. the cost of vital commodities in the emirate.

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The Food Security Dashboard of Dubai will work on implementing the strategic plan for food security in the UAE, and will significantly contribute to achieving the goals of the national food security strategy, given the platform’s flexible nature and its use of artificial intelligence and data technology to enhance food security levels and strategic food stock, and in monitoring imports and prices of all basic commodities, consumption patterns, and any circumstances affecting the food supply chain.

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The Dashboard was developed by a local government team, supported by the innovative initiatives of Smart Dubai and the exceptional efforts of government agencies such as Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Port, Customs and Free Zone Corporation and Dubai Economy.

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UAE Aquaculture Pulse 2020

Minister of State for Food Security launched UAE Aquaculture Pulse 2020 (PDF 450 KB), a document set to serve as a reference point for evaluating investment opportunities in the local aquaculture sector.

The UAE Aquaculture Pulse 2020 studies consumption patterns in local and international markets, analyses production quality and size as well as prices and availability to support future investments in aquaculture projects in the UAE.

The new document lists the hatcheries available around the country that produce fish fingerlings (juvenile fish) of various types. It showcases the larger fish farms which account for over 90 percent of the current production.

The document explores the demand-supply dynamics for fish products in the UAE as per current estimates. It identifies the species that are most in demand for consumers and provides their average price in the country.

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UAE Food Bank

The UAE Food Bank is a charitable organisation, launched in 2017 under the umbrella of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI). It is committed to distributing food to those in need while eliminating food waste by collaborating with local authorities as well as local and international charities to create a comprehensive ecosystem to efficiently store, package and distribute excess fresh food from hotels, restaurants and supermarkets. It is the first food bank in the United Arab Emirates.

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The Food Bank initiative aims at:

  • Reducing the amount of food wasted
  • Opening branches of the UAE Food Bank inside and outside the UAE in order to deliver meals to as many underprivileged people as possible
  • Entrenching the values of social responsibility and volunteerism in the moral code of institutions and individuals by initiating sustainable partnerships with food and hospitality sector entities such as restaurants, supermarkets and hotels
  • Solidifying the social value of sustainability and reducing excessive food waste through awareness campaigns.

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A law to regulate strategic stock of food commodities

H. H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE approved Federal Law No. 3 of 2020 Regarding the Regulation of the Strategic Stock of Food Commodities. The law was approved with an aim to organise food supplies in the event of crises, emergencies and disasters, and achieve food sustainability. The provisions of the law apply to suppliers and the registered merchants. Read more onthe regulation of the strategic stock of food commodities.

Food Tech Challenge

The Food Tech Challenge is a global competition that seeks to develop innovative solutions for food production and management in the UAE. The Global Food Technology Challenge aims to use advanced technologies and efficient tools and techniques to overcome the challenges of the agricultural sector and achieve sustainable food production in the UAE.

The USD 1 million prize money of the challenge will be divided among four winners. A high-level jury consisting of international experts in technology, economy and sustainability will evaluate submissions and select the best projects in terms of efficiency, creativity, and project scalability.

The challenge is in line with the objectives of the National Food Security Strategy, which aims to develop a comprehensive national system based on enabling sustainable food production through the use of modern technologies.

The competition supports theUAE’s commitment to providing its population with sufficient, safe and nutritious food, and invites applicants from all backgrounds to join. University students and early-stage start-ups with prior experience in urban farming are especially encouraged to apply.

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Food Security Research Platform

The Food Security Research Platform is an online portal that allows specialists to share their latest findings and publications across eight promising research themes. It aims to serve the needs of a wide range of stakeholders in terms of data, information and knowledge on research and development in sustainable food systems across the food value chain.

Platform priority themes

  1. Agricultural biotechnology: it is a range of tools, including traditional breeding techniques
  2. Agricultural waste: it involves using soil as sites for the treatment and disposal of organic waste and wastewater
  3. Alternative food: these are healthier alternatives to food that is prepared or produced by conventional methods
  4. Bioenergy and biomaterials: bioenergy is the use of renewable energy produced from biomaterial including natural sources
  5. Chain technology: it is the use of technology to enhance the flow of products and information between supply chain member organisations
  6. Farm IOT: It is the application of modern ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) into agriculture for monitoring the crop field and automating the irrigation system
  7. Novel farming: it is the application of current technologies for the development of new agricultural techniques
  8. Robotics: Emerging applications of robots or drones in agriculture include weed control, cloud seeding, planting seeds, harvesting, environmental monitoring and soil analysis.

Read more about the research priority themes.

Targeting mainly public and private institutions working in the research and development sector, the Food Security Research Platform is a repository of data related to research in food security in the UAE and information on key investors in the food and agriculture sectors.

The platform serves as a vessel to align research and development with the National Food Security Strategy, which enables the UAE's population to have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food at affordable prices for an active and healthy life.

Ag-Tech Accelerators

To accelerate adoption of technology in agriculture, the Office of Food Security in cooperation with the Government Accelerators program launched 10 initiatives. They are:

  1. Emirates Sustainable Agriculture Label
  2. Framework of Agriculture Finance
  3. Ag-Tech Loan Guarantee & Supply Chain Financing
  4. Ag-Tech Building Code
  5. Unified Agriculture License
  6. Food Security Data Framework
  7. Food Security Data Platform
  8. Aquaculture Standards
  9. Fish Feed Facility
  10. Aquaculture Atlas.

Global Food Security Index

The UAE has achieved a 10-place leap on the Global Food Security Index, moving from 31st rank in 2018 to 21st rank in 2019. This reflects the efforts of the UAE government to establish the country as a world-leading hub in innovation-driven food security.

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The Global Food Security Index 2019 covered three main criteria – food availability, affordability, and quality and safety – and assessed 113 countries. Raising the UAE’s rank amongst the top 10 countries on the Global Food Security Index by 2021 is the main objective of the National Food Security Strategy.

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Updated on 17 Jun 2021

FAQs

How can the UAE ensure its food security? ›

develop a comprehensive national system based on enabling sustainable food production through the use of modern technologies. enhance local production. develop international partnerships to diversify food sources. activate legislation and policies that contribute to improving nutrition.

Who regulates food in the UAE? ›

Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority ensures food safety in the emirate of Abu Dhabi and guarantees that the food is fit for human consumption. It also conducts the necessary research and studies on safe food and issue rules, regulations and standards on food items sold or offered for human consumption.

What are the efforts made by the UAE to maintain national food security? ›

The UAE has implemented a unique approach to advance self-sufficiency. Along with strengthening global supply chains and collaborating with multiple countries to diversify supply sources, it is also stepping up its local agricultural production to reduce its reliance on imports.

Why is food security important in UAE? ›

The UAE is considered food secure due to its economic and political stability. As a desert country, lacking in water and arable land, the UAE is facing considerable food security challenges of its own. With a growing population, and rising consumption needs, the UAE must tackle this challenge head on.

What are the main threats to food security in UAE? ›

The major difficulties faced by UAE in providing food security are natural. Shrinking freshwater resources, rising temperatures and land desertification are some of the major natural threats posed to the country.

Is the UAE food secure? ›

The Global Food Security Index 2019 covered three main criteria – food availability, affordability, and quality and safety – and assessed 113 countries. Raising the UAE's rank amongst the top 10 countries on the Global Food Security Index by 2021 is the main objective of the National Food Security Strategy.

Is there FDA in UAE? ›

UAE is an emerging economy of the world. FDA Certification applies to any company size and any industry wanting to operate in the USA. We deliver FDA consulting and Certification services to all major locations in UAE, likeDubai,Abudhabi ,Al ain,Ajman,Fujairah,Ras al khaimah ,Sharjah etc.

What is food safety regulations? ›

Food safety regulations is a scientific discipline describing handling, preparation, and storage of food in ways that prevent foodborne illness. This includes a number of routines that should be followed to avoid potentially severe health hazards.

Which of the following is the digital platform of the food safety department Dubai Municipality? ›

Foodwatch is a cutting-edge digital platform for food safety and nutrition anchored in Dubai Municipality's vision of making Dubai the healthiest, happiest and the most sustainable city.

Why is food security important? ›

If a child does not receive sufficient nutrition in the first 1,000 days of life they are at risk of mental impairment, poor health, low productivity and even death. The economic costs of micronutrient deficiencies are also considerable, reducing gross domestic product (GDP) by 0.7-2% in most developing countries.

What is a food security strategy? ›

The Global Food Security Strategy, also known as the Feed the Future Initiative (FTF), is a whole-of-government effort that addresses the root causes of hunger and poverty in developing countries and improves global food security and nutrition.

How has UAE improved its strategies towards attaining sustainable agriculture? ›

The UAE adopted organic farming to promote healthier production. Ministry Climate Change and Environment has been increasing acreage under organic farming by 5 per cent annually. Further, Dubai Municipality ran an initiative called 'Grow Your Food'.

Why is food security a problem? ›

It places a substantial burden on our society through health care and social costs. People experiencing food insecurity often consume a nutrient-poor diet, which may contribute to the development of obesity, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and other chronic diseases.

What is UAE doing to protect the environment? ›

The UAE is protecting the environment by banning sea dumping, implementing policies and legislations, making efforts towards sustainability and more.

What is the traditional food in UAE? ›

Traditional dishes include Maq'louba, Margooga, Harees, Machbous, Frsee'ah, Fireed, Jisheid, and Mishwy. Breakfast in the UAE usually features breads like raqaq, khameer, and chebab, served with cheese, date syrup, or eggs.

What is the main reference for food safety regulations and practices in Dubai? ›

Codex: Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC), a United Nations Organisation that supports FAO and WHO by developing food standards, guidelines and Codes of practice. Concerned Department: Departments of Dubai Municipality authorised to ensure compliance with relevant regulations.

Is Haccp mandatory in UAE? ›

The food safety management system Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) is to become mandatory for all F&B operators in Dubai, a government official has revealed.

What is FTA in UAE? ›

The Federal Tax Authority (FTA), the government entity responsible for the administration, collection and enforcement of federal taxes, was established in 2016 by the President of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, via Federal Decree-Law 13 of 2016.

What are 5 food safety rules? ›

These five simple keys to safe and healthy food are: keep clean, separate raw and cooked, cook thoroughly, keep food at safe temperatures, and use safe water and raw materials. "Following these five keys helps consumers know they are handling foods safely and preventing microbes from multiplying," said Dr.

What are the 4 parts of the Food Standards Code? ›

the microbiological safety of food; the composition of food, including contaminants, residues, additives or other substances; and, information about food, including labelling and advertising.

Who is responsible for food safety laws? ›

Who is responsible for food safety within a food business? On the surface, the answer is rather simple: the owner or operator of a food business is responsible for food safety.

How can I get food license in UAE? ›

They would need to apply for initial registration with the economic department. They receive a registration number, which they can use to apply to the municipality for approval. The yearly cost in Dubai is approximately Dh1,070. In Abu Dhabi, the licence is issued for Dh800 for two years.

How can I get food Licence in UAE? ›

The first is a trade license. This can be applied for either via the Dubai Department of Economic Development (DED), or via a free zone. Next, you must get your restaurant plans approved by the food control department. Once this stage is completed, you can then apply for your food license.

How do I register my food product in Dubai Municipality? ›

Food Item Registration in UAE
  1. Need a UAE based trading license. To register a food product with Dubai Municipality, first requirement is a UAE based company with food trading or general trading activity.
  2. Register the company with DM Portal. ...
  3. Create application for food product registration. ...
  4. Submit the application.

How can we improve food security? ›

Here are some of the possible solutions to food insecurity.
  1. Reduce Food Waste. ...
  2. Reduce the Risk of Commercialising. ...
  3. Improve Existing Infrastructural Programs. ...
  4. Improve Trade Policies. ...
  5. Promote Diversification. ...
  6. Close the Yield Gap. ...
  7. Work Towards Defeating Climate Change.

What is an example of food security? ›

Examples include soup kitchens, food banks, school lunch programs, and other programs that give food to people in need without requiring any type of commitment in return.

What is the impact of food security? ›

Without stable and long-lasting food security, there will be a continued negative effect on human capital and this will raise government fiscal costs, with negative consequences on government public spending. This also will lead to stagnated economic growth in the long term.

What is sustainable food security? ›

The operational plan thus defines the goal of sustainable food security as the improved availability of, and access to, adequate and safe food for Asia's poor and vulnerable people in a sustainable manner.

What four factors need to be focused to improve food security? ›

This definition covers four fundamental aspects of food security: availability, access, utilisation and stability.

What is the UAE government doing to develop agriculture in UAE? ›

The UAE's Ministry of Climate Change and Environment has put a priority on increasing the use of hydroponic technology among farmers, which relies on nutrient-rich water to grow plants with the use of little or no soil.

What are the problems that faces the farmers in UAE? ›

One major obstacle faced by the industry of agriculture in the UAE is the scarcity of water reserves. While significant efforts have been made to increase the cultivable area in the early years, it resulted in the depletion of underground aquifers, drops in water tables and an increase in soil and water salinity.

How is UAE growing its own food in a sustainable way what are the difficulties and challenges? ›

Using cutting-edge technology to produce zero pesticide, zero herbicide and more water efficient produce, UAE-based Unsfarms is growing food for a better future by revolutionising agriculture.

How has UAE improved its strategies towards attaining sustainable agriculture? ›

The UAE adopted organic farming to promote healthier production. Ministry Climate Change and Environment has been increasing acreage under organic farming by 5 per cent annually. Further, Dubai Municipality ran an initiative called 'Grow Your Food'.

What is UAE doing to protect the environment? ›

The UAE is protecting the environment by banning sea dumping, implementing policies and legislations, making efforts towards sustainability and more.

What is a food security strategy? ›

The Global Food Security Strategy, also known as the Feed the Future Initiative (FTF), is a whole-of-government effort that addresses the root causes of hunger and poverty in developing countries and improves global food security and nutrition.

How does UAE purify salty water? ›

Connecting desalination technologies to renewable energy is one solution. The water consumed in the UAE is mainly desalinated, dependent on electricity in case of reverse osmosis, or a by-product of electricity generation through multiple-effect distillation (MED) and multiple-stage flash distillation (MSF).

What is the UAE government doing to develop agriculture in UAE? ›

The UAE's Ministry of Climate Change and Environment has put a priority on increasing the use of hydroponic technology among farmers, which relies on nutrient-rich water to grow plants with the use of little or no soil.

What are the problems that faces the farmers in UAE? ›

One major obstacle faced by the industry of agriculture in the UAE is the scarcity of water reserves. While significant efforts have been made to increase the cultivable area in the early years, it resulted in the depletion of underground aquifers, drops in water tables and an increase in soil and water salinity.

How is UAE growing its own food in a sustainable way what are the difficulties and challenges? ›

Using cutting-edge technology to produce zero pesticide, zero herbicide and more water efficient produce, UAE-based Unsfarms is growing food for a better future by revolutionising agriculture.

How can we make UAE more sustainable? ›

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  1. Grow your own veggies. Whether you live in a villa or an apartment, there are some vegetables and herbs that are surprisingly easy to grow here. ...
  2. Buy efficient appliances. ...
  3. Install faucet aerators.
  4. Switch to non-toxic cleaners and detergents. ...
  5. Bring the outdoors in.
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What is the UAE doing to become more sustainable? ›

By virtue of Vision 2021, the UAE is striving to diversify its income resources by moving away from oil. In January 2012, Sheikh Mohammed launched the Green Economy initiative under the slogan: A green economy for sustainable development.

Is UAE a sustainable country? ›

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has made significant progress in Sustainable Development since signing up to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals framework upon its establishment in 2015.

What is the purpose of food security? ›

Food security, as defined by the United Nations' Committee on World Food Security, means that all people, at all times, have physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food that meets their food preferences and dietary needs for an active and healthy life.

How we can improve food security? ›

Here are some of the possible solutions to food insecurity.
  1. Reduce Food Waste. ...
  2. Reduce the Risk of Commercialising. ...
  3. Improve Existing Infrastructural Programs. ...
  4. Improve Trade Policies. ...
  5. Promote Diversification. ...
  6. Close the Yield Gap. ...
  7. Work Towards Defeating Climate Change.

Why do we need food security? ›

Why is food security important? “Access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food is a basic human right, with priority given to the most vulnerable. Apart from basic nutrition, food security is linked to economic stability, long-term health, women's empowerment and the environment.

Can I drink Dubai tap water? ›

The Emirates Authority for Standardization and Authorization defines tap water in UAE be safe for human consumption as long as it complies with the UAE. S GSO 149 code. DEWA-Dubai Electricity and Water Authorities makes sure that the water is completely safe.

Is UAE water safe to drink? ›

Contrary to popular belief, tap water in the UAE is perfectly safe, according to the Conformity Affairs Department at the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology.

Which water is best in UAE? ›

Dubai's best bottled water
  • Super Gulf. Dhs5 for 1.5 litres. ...
  • Qvarzia. Dhs24 for 750 ml. ...
  • Oxygizer. Dhs8.50 for 500 ml. ...
  • Crystal. Dhs2 for 500 ml. ...
  • Evian. Dhs5 for X ml. ...
  • Wattwiller. Dhs24 for 500ml. Sodium: 3 mg per litre. ...
  • Masafi. Dhs2.50 for 1.5 litre. Sodium: 10 mg per litre. ...
  • Acqua Panna. Dhs24 for 1.5 litre. Sodium: Not declared.
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