Dubai: The Ministry of Climate Change and the Environment (MOCCAE) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) organised the second National Dialogue for Food Security under the theme “Poultry Industry in the United Arab Emirates: Challenges and Promising Opportunities.”
The two-day dialogue was attended by various stakeholders, including Sheikh Hamed bin Khadem bin Butti Al Hamed, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the UAE Poultry Producers Federation, and Mr. Mohammed Al Ameeri, Assistant Under-Secretary for the Food Diversity Sector in MOCCAE.
Mr. Mohammed Al Ameeri commented that “the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment has been keen to develop and implement strategies that ensure the enhancement of food security and implement strategic directions in this regard, which include poultry and its products as one of the main pillars of the country’s food basket. The current global challenges that significantly affect food supplies in general and poultry in particular, in addition to the global pandemic and diseases like avian influenza, have hurt supply chains.”
“We in the ministry have been keen for the ‘National Dialogue for Food Security’ to be an inclusive umbrella that brings together all relevant parties to build constructive discussions and exchange experiences and visions that eventually lead us to come up with innovative solutions to enhance our food security. Today, together, we discuss the ‘poultry industry’ to examine the challenges and opportunities for this industry. Together, we can develop many solutions to create greater opportunities for the development of the poultry industry and ensure its sustainability, which leads us to the sustainability of its food supplies for all members of society,” Al Ameeri added.
The dialogue aimed to understand the challenges facing the country’s poultry industry, propose solutions, and create opportunities for development as well as sustainability in the industry.
The UAE pays special attention to developing the poultry industry to enhance its food security in line with its sustainability goals and efforts to prepare for the country’s hosting of the Conference of the Parties (COP28) later this year. The National Dialogue for Food Security is one of the initiatives launched by MOCCAE to enhance its role in leading national efforts to improve food security.