Food security tops UAE’s priorities, says Abu Dhabi Crown Prince

The UAE, led by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, places food security at the top of its policy priorities and is proceeding to deliver the highest possible rates for national food security and its sustainability, said His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, during a meeting with the Abu Dhabi Food Security Alliance at Al Bahr Palace on Monday.

"Realisation of food security is a joint responsibility, starting with the individual and the family and their consumption patterns of resources and ending with interaction by the community as well as public-private sector institutions and their support for overall plans and strategies to achieve food security,'' the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince said.

He called for more efforts to increase the country’s abilities in this space through constructive, vital partnerships between national establishments and by launching local and foreign investment projects, encouraging scientific research on introduction of advanced technology for agricultural production and adopting international best practices for sustainable food security.

The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi called on the Food Security Center Abu Dhabi, FSCAD, the Abu Dhabi Food Security Alliance and other stakeholders to devise proper plans and programmes for training, capacity building and enhancing national competencies on a par with best international human resources development in order to create a broad base of national professionals who have skills, abilities and qualitative excellence to effect change and make a difference besides delivering results in all fields, under different circumstances.

Those professionals should be empowered to contribute in order to ensure the nation’s development and address various challenges, he added.

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed also spoke about a programme launched by the Alliance as per HH's directives to train national professionals who are enrolling in national services and include them in critical entities dealing with food security issues.

The Abu Dhabi Food Security Alliance is made up of nine members including the FSCAD, Al Dahra Agriculture, Agthia Group, Al Foah Co, National Co, Gulf Co and Ghurair Group, among others.

Those who attended the meeting included Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region, Sheikh Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Ruler`s Representative in the Eastern Region, Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court, Sheikh Omar bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, Sheikh Khalid bin Zayed Al Nahyan Chairman of the Board of Zayed Higher Organisation for Humanitarian Care & Special Needs (ZHO), Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, along with a number of Sheikhs and senior officials.

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