ABU DHABI, The Food Security Centre, FSCAD, is hosting a number of panel discussions and seminars to brainstorm on issues related to food security and ways to formulate a sustainable development strategy on the sidelines of the 9th edition of SIAL Middle East that opened today at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, ADNEC.

For the fourth consecutive year, the expert-led sessions at the event have drawn the participation of senior government officials, CEOs and industry experts, to identify key economic issues that may adversely impact the community. The sessions also aim to contribute to defining the roles of the public and private sector in developing a sustainable strategy to achieve social well-being and diversity in the national economy, in accordance with the UAE Strategy 2050.

The first session discussed the role of the retail sector in supporting local products while the second will highlight innovation as the main driving force in shaping a world free of hunger. The FSCAD's series of seminars includes one titled 'Overview of the Role of Drones in Smart Agriculture and Agricultural Sustainability', in addition to a session discussing the role of Elite Agro, the UAE's largest farm engaged in growing, sourcing, importing, marketing, and distributing vegetables, cereals, and fruits, in enhancing food security. A symposium titled 'The Importance of Supply Chain and Logistics Management in Enhancing the Food Security System' aims to highlight the efforts of the logistics sector in ensuring food security.

Khalifa Ahmed Al Ali, Managing Director of Food Security Centre, said, "Achieving food security is critical for economic growth and a top priority on the UAE government's agenda. The UAE plays a pioneering role in developing a comprehensive national system to enable sustainable food production. We are also launching initiatives to invest in the agricultural sector in many countries to encourage sustainable agricultural development and enhance food security."

"Today, investing in food security sectors, including agriculture and food industries, through public-private partnerships is crucial to fast track national growth. Doing so will develop the agricultural sector and food industries, while also aiding the marketing of agricultural products through providing a safe investment environment," he added.

FSCAD was established in 2010 as a specialist entity that aims to develop the food security system and implement a sustainable food strategy across the UAE so that citizens and residents have access to safe and nutritious food even during emergencies and crises.

Source: Emirates News Agency