Social Affair Ministry, FSCAD partner on food security strategy

ABU DHABI: The Ministry of Social Affair and Food Security Center Abu Dhabi (FSCAD) have signed an agreement whereby they will forge a partnership to use strategic food reserves in order to ensure an undisrupted food supply to retailers and cooperative societies in emergency, disaster and crisis situations.

Mariam bint Mohammed Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of Social Affairs, and Mohammed Ahmed Al Bawardi, Chairman of Food Security Center Abu Dhabi signed the agreement in a ceremony at the ministry in Abu Dhabi as part of efforts to implement a food security strategy using the centre’s strategic reserves.

FSCAD is the major standard-setting body responsible for regulating and coordinating all efforts of food security management in all circumstances as well as the development of an emirate-wide plan for responding to emergencies through the use of strategic food reserves.

“Ensuring safe food for Emiratis and expatriates is part of our commitment to achieving social welfare and dignified life for all in U.A.E,” Minister Al Roumi said adding that the integration of the roles of local and federal government entities is in line with the federal cabinet’s strategy and Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030.

On his part, Mr. Al Bawardi said, “We seek to partner with the Social Affairs Ministry to benefit from the wide network of cooperative societies it oversees so as to ensure the distribution of the strategic food reserve at times of crisis.” “We aim at backing the capabilities of institutions that can play a role in the implementation of a food security strategy and the achievement of the welfare of the society, Al Bawardi added.