UAE & Israel sign 1st Cooperation Agreement in Agriculture Sector

By Salma C, Intern Reporter
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UAE - Israel Agriculture Agreement
Ms. Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, and Mr. Oded Forer, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Israel after signing the Agreement. | Image Courtesy: Twitter @oded_forer

The UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MoCCAE) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Israel have signed a cooperation agreement in the field of agriculture.

The MoU was signed by Ms. Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, and Mr. Oded Forer, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Israel, at MoCCAE’s headquarters in Dubai.

This is Israel’s first cooperation agreement with the United Arab Emirates in the field of agriculture, which further expands the 2020 Abraham Accords normalizing relations between the two countries.

Under the terms of the five-year MoU, the Ministries have agreed to share knowledge, best practices, and technology to increase the quantity and quality of agricultural produce, enhancing crop and livestock production sustainability. They also aim to boost bilateral trade in agricultural and animal products and regulate animal health and food safety practices.

In addition, both sides will work towards mutual recognition of their organic farming standards, boost technical cooperation, particularly in innovative applied R&D in agriculture and beekeeping, joint training sessions will be organized for agriculture, food safety experts, and researchers.

Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri Image
Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri
Climate Change & Environment

“Due to their arid desert environment, the UAE and Israel face similar challenges in developing sustainable, climate-resilient agricultural sectors and strengthening food security. Our new partnership aims to initiate a dynamic exchange of experience and expertise in these areas to help us achieve our common goals. Israel is a leader in technology innovation, and we especially look forward to a productive cooperation in technology transfer.”

For his part, Mr. Oded Forer remarked that “Israeli agriculture has always been groundbreaking and innovative throughout the years. This new collaboration between our two countries in the field of agriculture will lead to better and faster solutions for some of our common challenges in the region, such as food security and climate change. We look forward to a fruitful partnership and developing new capabilities together.”

The two parties will set up a joint committee to review the progress of the cooperation regularly, set priorities and develop activities for the targeted projects. To support the objectives of the MoU, Ministries will involve relevant stakeholders, including government agencies, private sector companies, and research institutes.

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