ADAFSA to develop integrated food security & agricultural data platform

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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The Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA) has launched a strategic project to develop integrated food security and agricultural data platform, in collaboration with stakeholders from the public and private sectors.

According to the statement, the platform will offer access to accurate, comprehensive, and integrated data for the agricultural and food sector in Abu Dhabi.

HE Saeed Al Bahri Alameri, Director General of ADAFSA, commented that the data platform is a step forward to achieving ADAFSA’s priorities towards ensuring food availability, safety, and promoting sustainable agricultural development in Abu Dhabi.

Saeed Al Bahri Salem Alameri
Saeed Al Bahri Salem Alameri

“The platform supports developing a sustainable, flexible and integrated food system supported by a rapid response system, to effectively address food and biosecurity risks, thus increasing the competitiveness of local products. the data platform will feature an integrated dashboard to monitor local, regional and global food security situation, which supports decision-makers respond to food, livestock and agricultural emergencies, take early action to prevent supply chain disruptions, and avoid any potential food risks. The platform will cover all data of the agricultural and food sector in Abu Dhabi, along with some relevant data at the federal and global levels. Therefore, the platform will provide comprehensive insights about agricultural production, trade, logistics, environment, weather, biosecurity, and food safety, which promotes Abu Dhabi’s position in this important sector.”

The data platform will collect and monitor all data related to agriculture and food security. “This includes data related to local agricultural production, trade, investment, future production, levels of strategic food reserves, food loss, and waste rates throughout the value chain. Additionally, the platform will also monitor data on livestock and plant health, pest control programs, and vaccination programs against communicable and zoonotic diseases,” as per the statement.

The platform will deliver updated data, analytical reports, and forecasts, to help address food and biosecurity challenges based on actionable insights.

Furthermore, it will provide scientific forecasts on production, consumption, supply, and demand for food commodities. This will enable conducting an accurate analysis of self-sufficiency levels by comparing local production to consumption, monitoring the strategic food reserves, and analyzing price tendencies of major domestic and global products along with the level of dependence on food imports for each item, as per the statement.

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