ADQ, one of the region’s largest holding companies with a diverse portfolio of major enterprises spanning across key sectors of Abu Dhabi, has launched a new platform ‘ADQ FWD’ bringing together leaders and experts to address issues of economic and strategic importance for the UAE.
The inaugural ADQ FWD paper, “Cultivating the Future of Food, Bolstering Food Resilience”, explores strengthening the UAE’s food system to nourish future generations. It aims to set the context for growing local food production and increasing the country’s role as a globally connected hub.
The paper also draws upon key lessons, dedicated research and successful models adopted in other countries. The paper identifies five key enablers to bolster food resiliency in the UAE including driving domestic production, investing in technology, driving local consumption, internationalizing food security, and reducing food waste.
“ADQ is investing and developing a thriving food and agriculture cluster for the UAE. A strong, regionally integrated food value chain will contribute to the nation’s economic diversification and nourish future generations for the next 50 years. The UAE recognizes the importance of a robust food system, and we are proud to support its strategy to ensure access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food year-round.”
Mr. Gil Adotevi, Executive Director of Food and Agriculture at ADQ, added, “Food and agriculture are at a critical inflection point. The sector is transforming due to innovation, sustainability and volatile times. We recently convened leaders and experts in food and agriculture because we recognize that addressing food resilience requires new levels of collaboration and communications among key players. The paper aligns with ADQ’s strategy to develop a thriving food and agriculture cluster for the UAE.”
ADQ is supporting the nation’s food strategy and is committed to strengthening the UAE’s food value chain. Recently, ADQ unveiled its plans to launch the UAE’s first fresh produce AgTech Park to accelerate sustainable innovation-centric food production and distribution.