Food security and self-sufficiency are at the top of the UAE government’s agenda. A wide range of measures, policies and strategies are implemented to support and scale up domestic agricultural production.
However, there should also be a greater involvement of private-sector companies, civil society organizations and the general public to enhance long-term food security and self-sufficiency.
Every member of society can contribute to their own food self-sufficiency and healthy nutrition, but also to that of others. There are many ways to do that from reducing waste to growing food at home.
It is therefore important to promote an appreciation and awareness of farming and responsible consumption and production in local conditions, as well as share knowledge about smart approaches to growing food.
This is the idea behind a webinar organized by the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) and Gracia Group.
The webinar aims to serve as a platform for sharing expertise and knowledge and providing guidance on the challenges and opportunities for farming in the UAE.
Although farming is often challenging and resource-intensive under local conditions, there are a wide range of solutions and technologies which make it possible to grow food in the country and are well within reach of everyone who is interested to take up farming. To foster a farming culture and spirit in the country, it is important to raise awareness about these solutions and technologies, share expertise and knowledge with different stakeholders from farmers to consumers and encourage broader community engagement.
The webinar aims to address this need and serve as a platform for sharing expertise and knowledge on how to farm in local conditions, what technologies and crops exist to produce food in the country and elsewhere and how everyone in the community can contribute to ensuring food security and healthy nutrition.
It will also share tips on how school and university students, families, senior citizens and residents can make the most of free spaces at their schools, universities and homes to grow food.
The webinar will help to find answers to various questions related to farming, food production and food security in the UAE.
H.E. Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of State for Food and Water Security, UAE
Mr. Hamed Al Hamed, Founder and CEO, Gracia Group, UAE
Moderator: Mr. Hamed Al Hamed, Founder and CEO, Gracia Group, UAE
Opening remarks - H.E. Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of State for Food and Water Security, UAE
Dr. Ismahane Elouafi, Director General, ICBA, UAE
Dr. Tarifa Alzaabi, Deputy Director General, ICBA, UAE
Dr. Khalil Ammar, Program Leader, Sustainable Natural Resources Management, ICBA, UAE
Dr. Ahmed H. El-Naggar, Soil Management Scientist, ICBA, UAE
Dr. Henda Mahmoudi, Plant Physiologist, ICBA, UAE
Dr. Ehsan Almaysari, Wam Media, UAE
Concluding remarks - Mr. Hamed Al Hamed, Founder and CEO, Gracia Group, UAE