UAE’s MoCCAE signs MoU with EDB to support agricultural SMEs & startups

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Desk Reporter
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Mr. Mohammed Mousa Alameeri, Assistant Under-Secretary for the Food Diversity Sector at the Ministry, & Mr. Ahmed Mohamed Al Naqbi, CEO of EDB.

UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MoCCAE) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Emirates Development Bank (EDB) to set up a scheme to offer finance solutions to modern agricultural SMEs and startups.

The MoU aligns with the ministry’s endeavors to scale up local agricultural production to increase the sector’s role in strengthening the country’s food security.

Under the MoU, the two parties will identify collaboration opportunities in food security and supporting SMEs and startups.

Ahmed Mohamed Al Naqbi
Ahmed Mohamed Al Naqbi

“The EDB is focused on supporting sectors that diversify the economy towards non-oil GDP, and develop sectors that are a national priority for economic self-reliance and those that offer stable and sustainable growth. We are pleased to sign this MoU, which is in line with our efforts to support the food security sector that includes agriculture, fisheries, aquaculture, and water desalination as well as other tech-based food and agricultural solutions. The MoU reflects our commitment to the UAE’s National Food Security Strategy 2051 which focuses on implementing resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity. The food security sector is one of the EDB’s priority sectors due to its pivotal role in the sustainable development of the country. We will work closely together to explore areas of collaboration and provide flexible and competitive financing and non-financing solutions to support companies operating in this sector.”

The EDB will offer financing solutions to modern agricultural businesses, while the MoCCAE will host regular seminars and introductory courses on modern agricultural methods and technologies.

Mr. Mohammed Mousa Alameeri, Assistant Under-Secretary for the Food Diversity Sector at the Ministry said that, “Improving local agricultural production through promoting the adoption of modern agriculture is a priority for MoCCAE in line with its strategy to enhance food security.”

“The agreement with the EDB falls within the ministry’s efforts to join forces with strategic partners to explore opportunities that drive agricultural and fisheries production and launch appropriate financing schemes to attract entrepreneurs,” Mr. Alameeri added.

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