The UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Food, and the Marine to enhance cooperation in the field of food security.
Under the terms of the MoU, the two parties will work together to leverage the latest technologies in order to optimize food and water management, promoting foreign direct investments (FDI) in sustainable agriculture, facilitating trade in food and agricultural products, and sharing knowledge of national governance framIreeworks to address the critical water, food, and energy nexus.
The MoU was signed by Ms. Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and the Environment, and Mr. Charlie McConalogue T.D., Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine of Ireland.
“Strengthening national food security is a strategic priority for the UAE. Therefore, the Ministry is keen to step up collaboration with relevant entities in other countries to boost food trade, ensure the continuity of supply chains, and drive the adoption of innovative solutions in this field. The agreement with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine of Ireland will spur the exchange of successful innovation- and technology-based experiences in all aspects of food security and sustainability.”
Mr. McConalogue T.D. said that “I believe Ireland can continue to be a strong partner for the UAE in respect of technical cooperation on food security objectives as well as other areas of mutual interest, including trade opportunities, market access issues, and research and innovation. This is a relationship that can grow further to become even stronger in the years ahead. I acknowledge Minister Almheri’s leadership in respect of the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM for Climate) global research initiative, in which Ireland is pleased to participate.”