UAE to host major agricultural investment exhibition

Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi will host the second edition of Agriscape, an international exhibition dedicated to agricultural investments abroad, on October 29-30.

The event will take place under the patronage of H.H. Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, UAE News Agency (WAM) reported.

This eminent gathering, which has already established a distinguished international reputation within agricultural investment, will feature leading agricultural exhibitors and hundreds of buyers from around the world.

Organised by the Abu Dhabi Food Security Centre Abu Dhabi (FSCAD), Agriscape is performing a vital role in coordinating policy responses in this vitally important area at both regional and international levels. FSCAD was established in 2010 to ensure the access of all citizens and residents to healthy, safe and nutritious food, even during periods of crisis. Over the past five years, the food security landscape in the UAE has significantly changed from agricultural investments towards a full-fledged food industry.

Thanks to the continued support of the country's wise leadership for sustainable development, the UAE government is offering its own unique perspective on securing food and leading global efforts to seek the solutions needed.

According to Mariam Hareb Almheiri, UAE's Minister of State for Food Security, "The UAE's leadership recognizes the importance of food security as a key component of its national agenda. Considering investment in agriculture abroad an important priority to achieve food security, the country is adopting a proactive approach by increasing agricultural efficiency, and introducing new irrigation technologies to make farms and greenhouses less water intensive."

Almheiri added: "Food security is one of the biggest challenges we will face in the future, with the issue likely to become increasingly important with global (food) prices set to rise as demand increases in the years to come. According to the Global Food Security Index issued by Economist Intelligence Unit in 2017, the UAE is considered a food secure country and ranked 33rd in food security. However, we are aiming to become one of the most food secure countries in the world by identifying the most important agricultural sector trends and highlighting the many business and investment opportunities available."

Source: Bahrain News Agency