The UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine of Ireland to enhance cooperation in the field of food security.
The agreement was signed by Her Excellency Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, and His Excellency Charlie McConalogue T.D., Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine of Ireland.
Under the terms of the MoU, the two parties will collaborate in leveraging the latest technologies to optimize food and water management, promoting foreign direct investments in sustainable agriculture, facilitating trade in food and agricultural products, and sharing knowledge of national governance frameworks that seek to address the critical water, food, and energy nexus.
Speaking on the new partnership, Her Excellency Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri said: “Strengthening national food security is a strategic priority for the UAE. Therefore, the Ministry is keen to step up collaboration with relevant entities in other countries to boost food trade, ensure the continuity of supply chains, and drive the adoption of innovative solutions in this field. The agreement with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine of Ireland will spur the exchange of successful innovation- and technology-based experiences in all aspects of food security and sustainability.”
For his part, His Excellency Charlie McConalogue T.D. said: “I believe Ireland can continue to be a strong partner for the UAE in respect of technical cooperation on food security objectives as well as other areas of mutual interest, including trade opportunities, market access issues, and research and innovation. This is a relationship that can grow further to become even stronger in the years ahead.”
He added: “I was glad to be able to share the story behind Ireland’s new stakeholder-led strategy ‘Food Vision 2030 – A World Leader in Sustainable Food Systems’ with Minister Almheiri. I acknowledge Minister Almheri’s leadership in respect of the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM for Climate) global research initiative, in which Ireland is pleased to participate.”
Source: Ministry of Climate Change and Environment